A group of enthusiastic readers who meet in the Greyfriar’s lounge on the first Thursday of each month from 7.30 - 9.00pm.
We aim to share our enthusiam with others and we enjoy reading books which may be unfamiliar, and getting to know new authors.
We are a friendly group and our discussions are very informal. Everyone's opinions are welcome and respected.
If you love reading and would like to meet with other readers, do come and visit. You will be warmly welcomed.
We currently pay £1 each per meeting to cover hire of the room, plus an annual contribution to our subscription to Richmond library to allow us to borrow multiple copies of books - that was £3.50 each last year. This subsciption means that you do not need to buy any of the books.
Small print - Although we make every effort to keep to the programme as planned, it may occasionally be necessary to swap books because of availability problems (e.g. one of the other reading groups in North Yorkshire has requested the same book) - to avoid disappointment, please contact us to check if you plan to come for a particular book.
1 Sep Open Forum - usually we all read the same book; once a year we all read a different book, but on the same theme. This year's theme - "Pre-owned and re-loved" - come prepared to talk about a book (fiction or non-fiction) that you acquired second-hand.
6 Oct Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan - Cambridge student recruited to MI5.
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3 Nov Annual poetry evening - theme : "Autumn and Winter" - bring 2 or 3 poems on that theme to read out.
1 Dec The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim - four very different women visit the Italian Riviera.
5 Jan Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym - meet Miss Doggett, Oxford moral guardian.
2 Feb This Boy by Alan Johnson - memoir of an impoverished London childhood.
2 Mar A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Swedish bestseller about a loveable curmudgeon.
6 Apr A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - the human muddle of four generations of a family in Baltimore.
4 May The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding - one small house and its occupants witness some of the most turbulent events in European history. Plus - collecting suggestions for next year's programme.
1 Jun Longitude by Dava Sobel - biography of John Harrison, lone genius and inventor of the ship's chronometer.
6 Jul Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - comic anti-hero at redbrick university - revisiting the Angry Young Men writers. Plus - next year's programme available.