Walsham-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.
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.
Date | 27 July 2018
Venue | Alyson
Book | Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
Date | 14 September 2018
Book | Munich by Robert Harris
Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.
They will meet in a city which forever afterwards will be notorious for what is about to take place.
As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the channel and the Fuhrer’s train steams south, two young men travel with their leaders. Former friends from a more peaceful time, they are now on opposing sides.
As Britain’s darkest hour approaches, the fate of millions could depend on them – and the secrets they’re hiding.
Date | 19 October 2018
Venue | TBC
Book | The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others – particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come . . .
Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.
Date | 16 November 2018
Venue | TBC
Book | Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood
Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds.
Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. Also brewing revenge.
After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
Date | 21 December 2018
Venue | Kathryn & John
Book | TBC
Book Club TitlesList 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.
|122||November 2018||Margaret Atwood||Hag Seed
|121||October 2018||Alan Hollinghurst||The Sparsholt Affair|
|120||September 2018||Robert Harris||Munich|
|119||July 2018||Min Jin Lee||Pachinko|
|118||June 2018||Helen Dunmore||Birdcage Walk|
|117||June 2018||John McGregor||Reservoir 13|
|116||April 2018||Francis Spufford||On Golden Hill|
|115||March 2018||Richard Flanagan||The Narrow Road to the Deep North|
|114||February 2018||Carlos Ruiz Zafon||The Shadow of the Wind|
|113||January 2018||Tracy Chevalier||At the Edge of the Orchard|
|112||December 2017||Helen McDonald||H is for Hawk|
|111||November 2017||Michael Nicholson||Across the Limpopo|
|110||October 2017||Frederik Backman||A Man Called Ove|
|109||?||Joseph Conrad||The Secret Agent|
|108||?||Willie Cather||The Song of the Lark|
|107||?||Virginia Woolf||Mrs Dalloway|
|106||?||?||Poison Farm: A Murder Unmasked After 60 Years|
|105||?||Dashiell Hammett||The Maltese Falcon|
|104||?||Mark Billingham||Rush of Blood|
|103||?||Donna Leon||Death at La Fenice|
|102||?||Iain Pears||The Instance of the Fingerpost|
|101||?||Peter May||The Black House|
|100||?||Sue Monk Kidd||Secret Life of Bees|
|98||?||Andy Waldman||The Submission|
|97||?||P. D. James||Death Comes to Pemberley|
|96||?||Julian Barnes||The Sense of an Ending|
|95||?||J.D.Salinger||The Catcher in the Rye|
|94||?||Edith Wharton||Ethan Frome|
|93||?||Mohsin Hamid||The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
|92||?||W.G. Seebald||Rings of Sarum|
|91||?||Charlotte Bronte||Jane Eyre|
|90||?||Simon Sebag Montelfore||Jerusalem|
|88||?||Mitch Albom||The Five People You Meet in Heaven|
|87||?||Nick Hornby||Juliet, Naked and How to Be Good|
|86||?||JG Farrell||The Troubles|
|85||?||Roma Tearne||Brixton Beach|
|84||?||Iain Banks||The Steep Approach to Garbadale|
|83||?||A.S. Byatt||The Children's Book|
|82||?||Haruki Murakami||Norwegian Wood|
|80||?||Patrick Gale||Notes from an Exhibition|
|79||?||Markus Zusak||The Book Thief|
|78||?||Janice Frey||A Million Little Pieces|
|77||?||Sarah Dunnant||In the Company of Others|
|76||?||Kate Atkinson||Case Histories|
|75||?||Amos Oz||A Tale of Love and Darkness|
|74||?||Anton Chekhov||Lady with Lapdog and other stories|
|73||?||Adrei Makine||Le Testament Francais|
|72||?||Fyodor Dostoyevsky||The Gambler|
|71||?||Bruce Chatwin||Song Lines|
|70||?||Peter Carey||The True History of the Ned Kelly Gang|
|68||?||Miles Franklin||My Brilliant Career|
|67||?||Doris Pilkington Garimara||Rabbit Proof Fence|
|66||?||Khalid Hosseini||A Thousand Splendid Suns|
|65||?||David Mitchell||Black Swan Green|
|64||?||William Boyd||Brazzaville Beach|
|63||?||Ann Tyler||Breathing Lessons|
|62||?||Amitav Ghosh||The Glass Palace|
|61||?||George Orwell||Burmese Days|
|60||?||Emma Larkin||Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop|
|59||?||Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie||Half of a Yellow Sun|
|58||?||?||The Book of Illusions|
|56||?||Carlos Castaneda||The Art of Dreaming|
|54||?||Sarah Waters||Night Watch|
|53||?||A.M. Holmes||This Book will Save your life|
|52||?||Anthony Trollope||The Way We Live Now|
|51||?||Stef Penney||The Tenderness of Wolves|
|50||?||Carlos Castaneda||The Art of Dreaming|
|49||?||Claire Tomalin||Samuel Pepys|
|48||?||Joseph O'Connor||Star of the Sea|
|47||?||Peter Ackroyd||English Music|
|46||?||Monica Ali||Brick Lane|
|45||?||Simon Armitage||Little Green Man|
|43||?||Beryl Bainbridge||According to Queeney|
|42||?||Justin Cartwright||White Lightning|
|41||?||Tracy Chevalier||Girl with a Pearl Earring|
|40||?||JM Coetzee||Waiting for the Barbarians|
|39||?||Michael Cunningham||The Hours|
|38||?||Louis de Berniere||Birds Without Wings|
|37||?||Charles Dickens||Great Expectations|
|36||?||Sebastian Falkes||Human Traces|
|35||?||Karen Joy Fowler||Jane Austen Book Club|
|34||?||Jonathan Franzen||The Corrections|
|33||?||Mark Haddon||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time|
|32||?||Khaled Hosseini||The Kite Runner|
|31||?||Kazuo Ishiguro||When we were orphans|
|30||?||Henry James||The Bostonians|
|29||?||TE Lawrence||Seven Pillars of Wisdom|
|28||?||Ursula Le Guin||Left Hand of Darkness|
|27||?||Andrea Levy||Small Island|
|26||?||Anne Marie Mac Donald||The Way the Crow Flies|
|25||?||Yann Martel||Life of Pi|
|24||?||Alexander McCall Smith||No 1 Ladies Detective Agency|
|22||?||Jon McGregor||If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things|
|21||?||Ann Michaels||Fugitive Pieces|
|20||?||Julie Myerson||Something might happen|
|19||?||Audrey Niffenegger||The Time Travellers Wife|
|18||?||Orhan Pamuk||My Name is Red|
|17||?||Ann Patchett||The Magicians Assistant|
|16||?||Jean Rhys||Wide Sargasso Sea|
|15||?||Salman Rushdie||Midnights Children|
|12||?||Dava Sobel||Galileos Daughter|
|11||?||Abi Smith||The Accidental|
|10||?||Manil Suri||Death of Vishnu|
|8||?||Amy Tan||The Kitchen Gods Wife|
|7||?||Rose Tremain||Music and Silence|
|6||?||William Trevor||The Hill Bachelors (short stories)|
|5||?||William Trevor||Lucy Gault|
|4||?||Ivan Turgenev||Fathers and Sons|
|3||?||John Updike||Beck is Back|
|2||?||Jill Paton Walsh||Knowledge of Angels|
|1||?||Virgina Woolf||Mrs. Dalloway|
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