August Reading Groups

Monday 10th August, 7.30pm

Jack Kerouac – On the Road A cult book almost since its initial appearance in 1957, Kerouac’s fictionalised account of his restless journeyings across America is a masterpiece of innovative prose writing, a definitive group portrait of the Beat Generation and a still potent hymn to human freedom.    

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August Reading Groups

Monday 10th August, 7.30pm

Ali Smith – How to be Both. Multiple prize winner Ali Smith’s How to be Both is a dazzling novel; passionate, compassionate, inventive and playful. Borrowing the fresco techniques of painting, it is a literary double-take, a fast-moving, genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.

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Alison Case

Tuesday 1st September, 7.30pm

Nelly Dean is an astonishing novel: written by an expert on 19th century British fiction, it retells the story of Wuthering Heights from the perspective of the Earnshaws’ long suffering servant, the aforementioned Nelly Dean. One of our booksellers (who admits to previously disliking Wuthering Heights!) found it utterly compelling: a completely transformative envisioning of an immensely […]

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Pat Barker

Tuesday 8th September, 7.30pm

In Noonday, Pat Barker, Man Booker prizewinner for Regeneration, turns to World War Two. Paul, Elinor and Kit first met in 1914 at the Slade, before their generation lost hope, faith and much else on the battlefields the Somme. Now it is 1940 and another war has begun. As the bombs fall and they struggle […]

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Tessa Hadley

Wednesday 9th September, 7.30pm

In Tessa’s latest novel, The Past, three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents’ old house for the summer. The house is full of memories of their past, but under the idyllic surface there are tensions. With precision and sympathy, Tessa charts squalls of lust and envy, the consolations of memory and affection, […]

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Nicola Upson

Thursday 10th September, 7.30pm

The sixth novel in the Josephine Tey series sets an audacious, deeply personal crime against the backdrop of the 1937 Coronation. Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose is called in to investigate the murder of one of the BBC’s best-known broadcasters. A second victim – his mistress, a leading actress – suggests that the motive lies […]

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Reading Groups September

Monday 14th September, 7.30pm

William Godwin – Caleb Williams A thrilling novel of suspense, a rousing denunciation of social injustice and a pioneering study in the psychology of guilt, Godwin’s extraordinary novel is a strikingly succesful dramatisation of his political philosophy and a most vivid evocation of a world whose certainties are being overturned. Lorna Sage – Bad Blood […]

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William Boyd

Thursday 17th September, 7.30pm

Amory’s memories of her father are of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences are what she chiefly remembers. Her uncle gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashing a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. In Sweet Caress William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama […]

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Great British Bake Off: Frances Quinn

Francis Quinn

Monday 28th September, 7.30pm

Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her showstopping baking skills to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. With Quinntessential Baking she brings a treasure trove of inspiration and creativity to your kitchen. Her combination of ideas and ingredients provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and how to apply a little […]

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Brian Blessed

Thursday 22nd October, 7.30pm

There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He’s an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He’s also a brilliant storyteller who will – and you must brace yourself – simply leap out of the pages at you. Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you’ll be taken on […]

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Tom Kerridge

Wednesday 28th October, 6.30pm

Coming this autumn: Tom Kerridge with a delicious new cookbook featuring his favourite everyday recipes… Tom, the only chef to have been awarded two Michelin stars for a pub, is known for beautifully crafted food and big, bold flavours. Tom’s Table features 100 delicious everyday recipes so that anyone can achieve his Michelin-endorsed cooking at […]

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