Book Club

Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 12:56 am

Black and white line drawing of three open books standing with covers facing viewer. The middle book cover displays the Walsham-le-Willows logoWalsham-le-Willows Book Club was established in early 2003 for those  interested in discussing their reading with others and familiarising themselves with a wider range of authors and genres.

The club now has in excess of twelve members and a large back catalogue of modern fiction, classic novels, science-fiction, biography and travel books having been shared already, see below.

photograph of book shelves containing beautiful aged leather bound books with a range of very colourful, and some worn, spines Monthly meetings are held on a Friday evening from 8pm in the homes of members’  where the last month’s book is discussed and new titles are chosen over a drink or two and nibbles.

The meetings are very informal and members are free to speak as little or as much as they wish but of course it is always more interesting and lively when opinion is divided on the merits of the book under discussion.

Books are either bought individually or they may be borrowed from the local library. The reading group does hold a library card which entitles them to borrow books for an extended period.

There are no fees but every member takes a turn in hosting one of the monthly meetings and with the present membership this would then occur roughly once a year.  New members are always very welcome.


Upcoming Titles


Date | 5 January 2018
Venue | Contact Frances for details
Book | ‘At the Edge of the Orchard’ by Tracy Chevalier

Dark, brutal, moving, powerful’ Jane Harris
‘A wonderful book; rich, evocative, original. I loved it’
Joanne Harris

Bookcover 'At The Edge of the Orchard'In 1830s Ohio, the Goodenough family barely scratch out a living in the inhospitable Black Swamp. Robert and his sister Martha must watch as their parents’ marriage is torn apart by disputes over whether to grow sweet apples to eat or sour apples for cider and applejack. One particularly vicious fight sends Robert out alone across America, far from his sister, into a life dominated not by apple trees but by the mighty redwoods and sequoias of California.

 


Date | 9 February 2018
Venue | Contact Frances for details
Book | ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Book cover 'The Shadow of the Wind'A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Umberto Eco. The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive…

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘cemetery of lost books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out ‘La Sombra del Viento’ by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax’s work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.


Date | March (date TBC)
Venue | 
Contact Frances for details
Book |
‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

Book cover, 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.


Date | April (date TBC)
Venue | 
Contact Frances for details
Book | 
‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ by Katherine Boo

Book cover 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative non-fiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter – Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” – will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers “carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.


Book Club Titles

List of upcoming and previously read titles discussed by the Walsham-le-Willows Book Club. The list is searchable and can be sorted by any of the headings or contents.
IndexDateAuthorTitle
116April 2018Katherine BooBehind the Beautiful Forevers
115March 2018Richard FlanaganThe Narrow Road to the Deep North
114February 2018Carlos Ruiz ZafonThe Shadow of the Wind
113January 2018Tracy ChevalierAt the Edge of the Orchard
112December 2017Helen McDonaldH is for Hawk
111November 2017Michael NicholsonAcross the Limpopo
110October 2017Frederik BackmanA Man Called Ove
109?Joseph ConradThe Secret Agent
108?Willie CatherThe Song of the Lark
107?Virginia WoolfMrs Dalloway
106??Poison Farm: A Murder Unmasked After 60 Years
105?Dashiell HammettThe Maltese Falcon
104?Mark BillinghamRush of Blood
103?Donna LeonDeath at La Fenice
102?Iain PearsThe Instance of the Fingerpost
101?Peter MayThe Black House
100?Sue Monk KiddSecret Life of Bees
99?Kathryn StockettHelp
98?Andy WaldmanThe Submission
97?P. D. JamesDeath Comes to Pemberley
96?Julian BarnesThe Sense of an Ending
95?J.D.SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye
94?Edith WhartonEthan Frome
93?Mohsin HamidThe Reluctant Fundamentalist
92?W.G. SeebaldRings of Sarum
91?Charlotte BronteJane Eyre
90?Simon Sebag MontelforeJerusalem
89?Colin ToibinBrooklyn
88?Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven
87?Nick HornbyJuliet, Naked and How to Be Good
86?JG FarrellThe Troubles
85?Roma TearneBrixton Beach
84?Iain BanksThe Steep Approach to Garbadale
83?A.S. ByattThe Children's Book
82?Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood
81?Alice MunroeRunaway
80?Patrick GaleNotes from an Exhibition
79?Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
78?Janice FreyA Million Little Pieces
77?Sarah DunnantIn the Company of Others
76?Kate AtkinsonCase Histories
75?Amos OzA Tale of Love and Darkness
74?Anton ChekhovLady with Lapdog and other stories
73?Adrei MakineLe Testament Francais
72?Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Gambler
71?Bruce ChatwinSong Lines
70?Peter CareyThe True History of the Ned Kelly Gang
69?Tim WintonBreath
68?Miles FranklinMy Brilliant Career
67?Doris Pilkington GarimaraRabbit Proof Fence
66?Khalid HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns
65?David MitchellBlack Swan Green
64?William BoydBrazzaville Beach
63?Ann TylerBreathing Lessons
62?Amitav GhoshThe Glass Palace
61?George OrwellBurmese Days
60?Emma LarkinSecret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop
59?Chimamnda Ngozi AdichieHalf of a Yellow Sun
58??The Book of Illusions
57?Jonathan RabanBadlands
56?Carlos CastanedaThe Art of Dreaming
55?William BoydRestless
54?Sarah WatersNight Watch
53?A.M. HolmesThis Book will Save your life
52?Anthony TrollopeThe Way We Live Now
51?Stef PenneyThe Tenderness of Wolves
50?Carlos CastanedaThe Art of Dreaming
49?Claire TomalinSamuel Pepys
48?Joseph O'ConnorStar of the Sea
47?Peter AckroydEnglish Music
46?Monica AliBrick Lane
45?Simon ArmitageLittle Green Man
44?Margaret AtwoodSurfacing
43?Beryl BainbridgeAccording to Queeney
42?Justin CartwrightWhite Lightning
41?Tracy ChevalierGirl with a Pearl Earring
40?JM CoetzeeWaiting for the Barbarians
39?Michael CunninghamThe Hours
38?Louis de BerniereBirds Without Wings
37?Charles DickensGreat Expectations
36?Sebastian FalkesHuman Traces
35?Karen Joy FowlerJane Austen Book Club
34?Jonathan FranzenThe Corrections
33?Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
32?Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner
31?Kazuo IshiguroWhen we were orphans
30?Henry JamesThe Bostonians
29?TE LawrenceSeven Pillars of Wisdom
28?Ursula Le GuinLeft Hand of Darkness
27?Andrea LevySmall Island
26?Anne Marie Mac DonaldThe Way the Crow Flies
25?Yann MartelLife of Pi
24?Alexander McCall SmithNo 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
23?Ian McEwanAtonement
22?Jon McGregorIf Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
21?Ann MichaelsFugitive Pieces
20?Julie MyersonSomething might happen
19?Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveller’s Wife
18?Orhan PamukMy Name is Red
17?Ann PatchettThe Magician’s Assistant
16?Jean RhysWide Sargasso Sea
15?Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children
14?Carol ShieldsUnless
13?Paullina SimonsTully
12?Dava SobelGalileo’s Daughter
11?Abi SmithThe Accidental
10?Manil SuriDeath of Vishnu
9?Graham SwiftWaterland
8?Amy TanThe Kitchen God’s Wife
7?Rose TremainMusic and Silence
6?William TrevorThe Hill Bachelors (short stories)
5?William TrevorLucy Gault
4?Ivan TurgenevFathers and Sons
3?John UpdikeBeck is Back
2?Jill Paton WalshKnowledge of Angels
1?Virgina WoolfMrs. Dalloway

Contacts


Frances Harding | fran-harding@btconnect.com | 01284 718 729
Janette Winch |01359 2583421