Browsers Book Group list for 2008

Each month I host an open meeting at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages. Due to the current pandemic, we are now meeting online and everyone is welcome to join in. Sign up to the e-newsletter here to receive details. Scroll down to take a look at the titles we've read over the year, and view the archive for past discussions.

5th October 2008
Girl in a Blue Dress
by Gaynor Arnold

The group was divided in its enjoyment of this book, many being frustrated it didn't deliver more.

7th September 2008
What I Was
by Meg Rosoff

The local setting for this book didn't sway the group overall as most considered this an unoriginal story which held no surprises. But some of us loved it!

3rd August 2008
The Road Home
by Rose Tremain

A powerful, moving and completely consuming account which has been meticulously and sensitively researched. Huge admiration expressed for the author.

6th July 2008
Jane and Prudence
by Barbara Pym

There were elements considered charming and amusing, but overall the group felt this wasn't the best book by Barbara Pym.

1st June 2008
The Yacoubian Building
by Alaa Al Aswany

Described as being Dickensian in its rich characterisation, the book was enjoyed by all the group, being charming, funny, pithy and vivid.

4th May 2008
Notes from an Exhibition
by Patrick Gale

Descriptions of Cornwall and the Quakers appealed to the group, and this book inspired many to read more from this author.

6th April 2008
The Great Fire
by Shirley Hazzard

Despite many recommendations, this book didn't strike a chord with this group. A difficult style and subject.

2nd March 2008
by Phillipe Grimbert

Deceptively simple language which revealed an intriguing, haunting and terribly sad story, enjoyed by the whole group.

3rd February 2008
On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan

A stunningly beautiful, moving and haunting book which attracted the largest ever attendance, with a number of men!

6th January 2008
Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan

Most agreed this book was too long and based around caricatures. Disappointing.