Reading List



Here's a list of the books that we have read so far at our monthly meetings. If you would like to sort the books in a different way, (say by author, year of publication or publisher), please use the sorting form at the bottom of the page.

Number Reading Date Title Author Year of publication Publisher
185 Jul-17 The Power Naomi Alderman 2016 Penguin
184 Jun-17 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 1966 Gollancz
183 May-17 My Name is Leon Kit de Waal 2016 Penguin
182 Apr-17 The Improbability of Love Hannah Rothschild 2016 Bloomsbury
181 Mar-17 Exposure Helen Dunmore 2016 Windmill
180 Jan-17 The Light between Oceans M.L. Steadman 2013 Scribner
179 Nov-16 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr 2015 Fourth Estate
178 Sep-16 The Vegetarian Han Kang 2015 Portobello
177 Jul-16 The Year of the Runaways Sunjeev Sahota 2015 Pan Macmillan
176 May-16 The Bees Laline Paull 2014 Fourth Estate
175 Apr-16 The Humans Matt Haig 2013 Canongate
174 Mar-16 A Place called Winter Patrick Gale 2015 Grand Central
173 Jan-16 Elizabeth is Missin Emma Healey 2014 Penguin
172 Dec-15 Gentlemen and Players Joanne Harris 2006 Black Swan
171 Nov-15 A Spool of Blue Thread Annie Tyler 2015 Vintage
170 Sep-15 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 1856 Penguin
169 Jul-15 Guernica Dave Boling 2009 Picador
168 Jun-15 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion 2014 Penguin
167 Apr-15 Stoner John Williams 2003 Vintage
166 Mar-15 The Miniaturist Jessie Burton 2014 Picador
165 Jan-15 The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier 2013 Harper
164 Nov-14 The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope 1866 CreateSpace
163 Oct-14 The Girl who saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson 2014 Fourth Estate
162 Sep-14 All the birds singing Evie Wyld 2014 Vintage
161 Jul-14 A Woman in Berlin Anonymous 1954 Virago
160 May-14 The Garden of Evening Mists Tan Twan Eng 2012 Canongate
159 Apr-14 Life after life Kate Atkinson 2013 Black Swan
158 Mar-14 The Woman Upstairs Claire Messud 2013 Virago
157 Jan-14 The Lowlands Jhumpa Lahir 2013 Bloomsbury
156 Nov-13 The Hare with Amber Eyes Edmund de Waal 2011 Vintage
155 Oct-13 The Physician of Sanlucar Jonathan Falla 2013 Aurora Metro
154 Sep-13 Inside the Whale Jennie Rooney 2008 Vintage
153 Jul-13 How England made the English Harry Mount 2013 Penguin
152 Jun-13 Capital John Lanchester 2012 Faber + Faber
151 May-13 Moonfleet John Meade Faulkner 1898 Puffin
150 Apr-13 What Was Lost Catherine O'Flynn 2007 Tindal Street
149 Mar-13 The Psychopath Test Joe Ronson 2012 Picador
148 Feb013 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 2013 Phoenix
147 Jan-13 The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault Angela Carter 2008 Penguin
146 Nov-12 The Man who forgot his Wife John Farrell 2012 Black Swan
145 Oct-12 The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller 2012 Bloomsbury
144 Sep-12 The Stranger's Chld Alan Hollinghurst 2011 Picador
143 Jul-12 Beatrice and Virgil Yann Martel 2010 Canongate
142 Jun-12 True Grit Charles Portis 1968 Bloomsbury
141 May-12 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 2008 Scholastic
140 Apr-12 How to be a Woman Caitlin Moran 2011 Ebury
139 Mar-12 The Yacoubian Building Alaa Al Aswany 2002 Harper
138 Feb-12 A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 1929 Vintage
137 Jan-12 Every Secret Thing, My Family, My Country Gillian Slovo 2009 Virago
136 Nov 11 The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes 2011 Jonathan Cape
135 Oct 11 The Help Kathryn Stockett 2009 Penguin
134 Sep-11 Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel 2009 Fourth Estate
133 Sep-11 Mr Chartwell Rebecca Hunt 2011 Penguin
132 Jul-11 The Alchemist's Daughter Katharine McMahon 2006 Phoenix
131 Jun-11 The Story of English Philip Gooden 2011 Quercus
130 May-11 So Much for That Lionel Shriver 2011 Harper
129 Apr-11 The Long Song Andrea Levy 2010 Headline Review
128 Feb-11 One Day David Nicholls 2009 Hodder
127 Jan-11 Tono-Bungay H.G. Wells 1909 Penguin
126 Nov-10 Lustrum Robert Harris 2009 Arrow
125 Sep-10 The Moonstone Wilkie Collins 1871 Penguin
124 Sep-10 American Wife Curtis Sittenfeld 2008 Black Swan
123 Jul-10 Troubles J.G. Farrell 1970 Phoenix
122 Jun-10 Hearts and Minds Amanda Craig 2009 Abacus
121 Apr-10 Home Marilynne Robinson 2009 Virago
120 Mar-10 Brooklyn Colm Toibin 2009 Viking
119 Jan-10 I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith 1949 Red Fox
118 Nov-09 The Road Home Rose Tremain 2007 Vintage
117 Oct-09 The Drowning Girl Margaret Leroy 2009 MIRA
116 Sep-09 August Gerard Woodward 2002 Vintage
115 Jul 09 The Underground Man Mick Jackson 2007 Faber + Faber
114 May 09 The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway 2008 Atlantic
113 Apr-09 One of Us Melissa Benn 2009 Vintage
112 Feb-09 The Dig John Preston 2007 Vintage
111 Jan-09 Sea of Poppies Armitrav Ghosh 2008 John Murray
110 Nov-08 The Book Thief Markus Zusak 2008 Black Swan
109 Oct 08 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 2007 Bloomsbury
108 Sep 08 Fallen Skies Philippa Gregory 2006 Harper Collins
107 Jun-08 Slam Nick Hornby 2008 Penguin
106 May-08 Master Pip Lloyd Jones 2006 John Murray
105 Apr-08 On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan 2007 Vintage
104 Mar-08 Agent Zigzag Ben Macintyre 2007 Bloomsbury
103 Feb-08 Crow Lake Mary Lawson 2003 Vintage
102 Jan-08 One Good Turn Kate Atkinson 2006 Black Swan
101 Nov 07 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky 1942 Chatto&Windus
100 Oct 07 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953 Voyager
99 Sep-07 England's Mistress Kate Williams 2007 Arrow
98 Jun-07 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1847 Penguin
97 Jun-07 The Nightwatch Sarah Waters 2007 Virago
96 Apr-07 Restless William Boyd 2007 Bloomsbury
95 Mar-07 The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton 1920 Penguin
94 Feb-07 Chernobyl Strawberries Vesna Goldsworthy 2005 Atlantic
93 Jan-07 The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant 2004 Virago
92 Nov-06 Cold Mountain Charles Frazier 1998 Sceptre
91 Oct-06 We need to talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver 2006 Serpent's Tail
90 Sep-06 Incendiary Chris Cleave 2006 Vintage
89 Jun-06 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka 2005 Viking
88 Apr-06 The Hamilton Case Michelle de Kretser 2004 Vintage
87 Mar-06 March Geraldine Brooks 2005 HarperCollins
86 Jan-06 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 Bloomsbury
85 Nov 05 Small Island Andrea Levy 2004 Review
84 Oct 05 Any romantic fiction novel eg by Katie Fforde, Anita Shreeve, Elizabeth Noble 0 Various
83 Sep-05 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 1963 Faber & Faber
82 Jul-05 Ice Road Gillian Slovo 2005 Virago
81 Jun-05 Life of Pi Yann Martel 2003 Canongate
80 May 05 Emma Brown Clare Boylon 2004 Abacus
79 Apr 05 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon 2004 Phoenix
78 Mar-05 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2004 Corgi
77 Jan-05 Raise the Lanterns High Lakshmi Persaud 2004 BlackAmber books
76 Nov-04 Death and the Penguin Andrey Kurkov 1996 Vintage
75 Oct 04 The Constant Gardener John Le Carre 2001 Coronet
74 Sep-04 Diary of an Ordinary Woman Margaret Forster 2004 Vintage
73 Jul-04 Possession A.S. Byatt 1991 Vintage
72 Jun-04 The Star of the Sea Joseph O'Connor 2002 Vintage
71 May-04 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Mark Haddon 2003 Vintage
70 Mar-04 An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro 2001 Faber + Faber
69 Feb-04 The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 Abacus
68 Jan-04 I don't know how she does it Allison Pearson 2003 Vintage
67 Nov-03 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons 1932 Penguin
66 Oct-03 The Corrections Jonathan Franzen 2001 Fourth Estate
65 Sep-03 Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands Frances Somers Cocks 2003 Goldhawk
64 Jul-03 After you'd gone Maggie O'Farrell 2000 Review
63 Jun-03 Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925 Penguin
62 Apr-03 Atonement Ian McEwan 2001 Vintage
61 Mar-03 According to Queeney Beryl Bainbridge 2001 Abacus
60 Jan-O3 Austerlitz W.G. Sebald 2001 Penguin
59 Dec-02 A Free Woman Libby Purves 2001 Flame
58 Nov-02 Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks 2001 Fourth Estate
57 Oct-02 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver 1998 Faber + Faber
56 Sep-02 Blue Poppies Jonathan Falla 2001 11/9
55 Jul-02 The Map of Love Adhaf Soueif 1999 Bloomsbury
54 May-02 The Silver Pig Lindsey Davis 1989 Randomhouse
53 Apr-02 House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III 1999 Vintage
52 Mar-02 Iris John Bayley 1998 Abacus
51 Feb-02 In love and war Maria Corelli 2001 Short Books
50 Jan-02 Miss Garnet's Angel Salley Vickers 2000 Harper Collins
49 Dec-01 English Passengers Matthew Kneale 2000 Penguin
48 Nov-01 Northern Lights Philip Pulman 1995 Scholastic
47 Oct-01 Adam Bede George Eliot 1859 Penguin
46 Sep-01 Elizabeth David Starkey 2001 Vintage
45 Jul-01 Driving over Lemons Chris Stewart 1999 Sort of books
44 Jun-01 The Hiding Place Trezza Azzopardi 2000 Picador
43 May-01 White Teeth Zadie Smith 2000 Penguin
42 Apr-01 Harry Potter J.K. Rowling 1997 Bloomsbury
41 Feb-01 Daughters of Britannia Katie Hickman 2000 Flamingo
40 Jan-01 A star called Henry Roddy Doyle 1999 Vintage
39 Dec-00 Birthday Letters Ted Hughes 1998 Faber + Faber
38 Nov-00 The God of Small things Arundati Roy 1997 Flamingo
37 Oct-00 Larry's party Carole Shields 1997 Fourth estate
36 Sep-00 The all true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton Jane Smiley 1998 Flamingo
35 Jul-00 Disgrace J.M. Coetzee 1999 Vintage
34 Jun-00 The End of the Affair Graham Greene 1951 Penguin
33 May-00 Chocolat Joanne Harris 1999 Black Swan
32 Apr-00 Eau de Caf Raphael Confiant 1991 Faber + Faber
31 Feb-00 Tulip Fever Deborah Moggach 1999 Vintage
30 Jan-00 Trust Margaret Leroy 1999 Harper Collins
29 Dec-99 Alias grace Margaret Attwood 1996 Virago
28 Oct-99 Restoration Rose Tremain 1989 Sceptre
27 Sep-99 Paradise Toni Morrison 1997 Vintage
26 Jun-99 A Fairly Honourable defeat Iris Murdoch 1970 Penguin
25 May-99 All the pretty horses Cormac McCarthy 1992 Picador
24 Apr-99 Tell me who I am again Linda Grant 1998 Granta
23 Mar-99 Enduring Love Ian McEwan 1998 Vintage
22 Feb-99 The Last resort Alison Lurie 1998 Vintage
21 Jan 99 Therapy David Lodge 1995 Penguin
20 Dec-98 Behind the scenes at the museum Kate Atkinson 1995 Black Swan
19 Nov-98 A scientific romance Roland Wright 1997 Anchor
18 Sep-98 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 1997 Vintage
17 Jul-98 The Beach Alex Garland 1996 Penguin
16 Jun-98 Cry the beloved Country Alan Paton 1948 Penguin
15 Apr-98 Every Man for Himself Beryl Bainbridge 1996 Abacus
14 Mar-98 Coming up for air Geroge Orwell 1939 Penguin
13 Jan-98 Bridget Jones' diary Helen Fielding 1996 Picador
12 Dec-97 Felicia's Journey William Trevor 1994 Penguin
11 Oct-97 Enigma Robert Harris 1996 Arrow
10 Sep-97 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres 1994 Minerva
9 Jul-97 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt 1996 Flamingo
8 Jun-97 The English Patient Micahel Ondaatje 1992 Picador
7 May-97 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955 Penguin
6 Apr-97 The Stone Diaries Carole Shields 1993 Fourth Estate
5 Mar-97 The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans 1995 Corgi
4 Feb-97 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks 1993 Vintage
3 Jan-97 The Road to Sata Alan Booth 1985 Penguin
2 Dec-96 Notes from a small island Bill Bryson 1995 Black Swan
1 Nov-96 Fever Pitch Nick Hornby 1993 Indigo


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