Browsers Book Group list for 2017
Each month I host an open meeting for Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk, now held in a nearby hall. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages. Everyone is welcome to join in but due to the current pandemic I need to monitor numbers so ask people to register their interest in attending beforehand. 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.
A fascinating account of a mountaineering expedition exploring sibling rivalry, guilt and fear. But did it need to have the 'ghost story' cover badge? The group was in two minds
Fast-paced, fantastical and intriguing with a Bond-like central character and a powerful, sinister setting of Siberia. Or far-fetched and confusing with no character or cause to care about. The group was divided in its response!
Quirky, magical, mystical with beautiful scene-setting. Most enjoyed reading this unusual novel but felt it could have been better - the ending in particular disappointed.
This murder mystery in the Australian outback has been a huge bestseller. What will we think of it?
A bleak picture of young people's lives told using violent imagery and, in places, coarse language upset some. Others thought it original, compelling and powerful with stunning imagery.
Incredibly moving, thought-provoking and beautifully written, though others weren't convinced by the characters' behaviours and motivations.
A harrowing subject beautifully told but requiring concentration and application from the reader. Not a quick or easy read, but almost everyone agreed they were pleased to have read it.
A clever construction presenting three different outcomes for a relationship. Fascinating for some, challenging for others seeking to remember who was who, what was happening when. Some felt it was the best book they've read for a long while!
Poetic language, vivid descriptions and ultimately a gripping, compelling and poignant plot. Too sad some claimed, others loved it.
Great fun - a well researched 'romp' keeping us turning the pages until the last surprising 'twist'. Tedious, indulgent, too wordy, too long. The group was divided in its response!
A clever idea which didn't work for everyone. Some thought too many characters presented an outdated and one-sided view of an Irish community. Others found a real and vivid presentation of a small town with a compelling plot construction.