Browsers Book Group list for 2015

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.

30th November 2015
How to be both
by Ali Smith

While most enjoyed the modern day story in this book of two halves, everyone felt challenged and some were exasperated by the cleverness of the author.

26th October 2015
After me comes the flood
by Sarah Perry

High expectations from a great cover and intriguing, if odd, opening, but everyone agreed the novel didn't deliver. Readers didn't engage with the characters or understand what was going on. Muddled and disappointing.

28th September 2015
The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Give this book to all your friends - it's a warning of things to come! This was the consensus from an animated discussion. It was agreed there were flaws in the writing, but a fascinating book which had most enthralled.

27th July 2015
Mornings in Jenin
by Susan Abulhawa

A fascinating and moving book which provoked much discussion regarding the style of writing, but particularly the cultural and political setting. Very thought-provoking.

29th June 2015
by Melissa Harrison

The best book he'd ever read, said one. There was no plot, no story, said another. Most felt it was beautiful and sad.

1st June 2015
The Shock of the Fall
by Nathan Filer

Most agreed this was a brilliantly written, enjoyable book about a difficult subject. Some found it too unsettling.

27th April 2015
Station Eleven
by Emily St John Mandel

A thought-provoking, gripping and haunting account of the end of civilisation.

30th March 2015
The Guest Cat
by Takashi Hiraide

Is this really about a cat? A short, puzzling book. Repetition and clunky translation got in the way of overall enjoyment.

23rd February 2015
The Mussel Feast
by Birgit Vanderbeke

A fascinating discussion as everyone seemed to respond to the book differently - a story of family, abuse, political allegory.

26th January 2015
The Missing
by Tim Gautreaux

A powerful, evocative account of a tough life in the deep south of America. Beautiful writing, vivid descriptions, fascinating characters.