Book Club

Last updated on October 13th, 2017 at 01:18 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 | 13 October 2017
Venue | Contact Frances for details
Book | A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Book cover 'A Man Called Ove' showing a human figure with back to viewer against a blue cloud filled sky whcih stretched to the figure's feet suggesting he is on a hilltopAt first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’état that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

Date | 10 November 2017
Venue | Contact Frances for details
Book | Across the Limpopo by Michael Nicholson

audio book cover across the limpopoA travelogue of a family’s six-month journey from southern Africa north to Egypt in a Range Rover carrying all their possessions. For some four years, Nicholson had worked for Britain’s ITN television network in southern Africa until Robert Mugabe’s coalition took over, turning Rhodesia into Zimbabwe. Nicholson was recalled “to leave Africa for grey English drizzle, and winters that spread from September to May.” Deciding that, “after so many splendid years in Africa, we simply couldn’t leave one evening and wake up for breakfast in London the next morning,” Nicholson took his wife and their two young sons and began the 14,000-mile journey through revolutions, tribal conflicts, muddy roads, and jungle dangers. Their route took them from Capetown through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, the Sudan, and Egypt. Along the way, they passed through and described the history and beauty of such places as Victoria Falls, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, a stop for a photograph on the Equator in Kenya, Khartoum, and a sentimental stop at El Alamein. The “hazardous” nature of the journey is more often than not of a vehicular sort, although on occasion the family narrowly avoided tribal raiders or rebels who had murdered other foreigners. Nevertheless, one can understand why such a trip would take six months by just reading the description of the Nicholson’s attempts to negotiate the famed Ngorongoro Crater.

Date | 8 December 2017
Venue | Contact Frances for details
Book | H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

H is for Hawk book cover showing a hawk perched on a tree branchAs a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.

Book Club Previous Titles

List of titles previously read and discussed by the Walsham-le-Willows Book Club. The list is searchable and can be sorted by any of the headings or contents.
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


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