Browsers Book Group list for 2009

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.

1st November 2009
The People on Privilege Hill
by Jane Gardam

Humorous characterisation, and gentle description, it was considered an enjoyable book.

4th October 2009
Digging to America
by Anne Tyler

Cover image and blurb was considered misleading, and the group felt so much more could have been said in the book.

6th September 2009
by William Boyd

A light read which was disappointing in its lack of depth. The author writing as females was considered ineffective.

2nd August 2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

Another book which divided the group: some found it intriguing and atmospheric, others were frustrated.

5th July 2009
An Artist of the Floating World
by Kazuo Ishiguro

A puzzling book which some championed, but others felt disappointing.

7th June 2009
by Sam Savage

Most found this a charmless account of life as a rat.

3rd May 2009
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid

A deceptively easy read but with the author's on words and difficult themes to explore, this proved a thought-provoking discussion.

5th April 2009
The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters

An atmospheric account of wartime London for women, with the reverse chronology adding an interesting element.

1st March 2009
Be Near Me
by Andrew O'Hagan

A dark book with no likeable characters, however the two men who attended enjoyed it.

1st February 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

Taken out of their comfort zone, most enjoyed this book but a number of members were very distressed by the account of violence towards women.

4th January 2009
The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink

Comparisons with the film added to a fascinating discussion. The dilemmas of guilt and responsibility across the generations in Germany were explored.