Browsers Book Group list for 2019

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.

25th November 2019
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter

An extraordinary book which most found powerful and moving, though some struggled. Many felt they would like to explore the poetry of Ted Hughes further.

28th October 2019
by Ann Patchett

A cleverly plotted and beautifully written book, all agreed, with tremendous scope. While some didn't engage with the numerous characters, others in the group felt that every individual was well drawn and their story compelling.

30th September 2019
The Overstory
by Richard Powers

Much to appreciate in this book but perhaps not the masterpiece which reviewers have claimed. Too long, too many characters, too didactic, in our opinion. But beautiful writing and it prompted an empassioned conversation about our love of trees and becoming ecowarriors!

3rd September 2019
A Modern Family
by Helga Flatland

An almost unanimous appreciation of this novel. Beautifully written, it was agreed, though some felt there was too much introspection by the characters. Much to think about in the issues raised, so a great discussion!

24th June 2019
Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata

A quirky, unusual, funny book which brought about a lively discussion on fulfilment, contentment, social expectations and the workplace.

3rd June 2019
The Eight Mountains
by Paolo Cognetti

A thought-provoking book exploring landscape, friendships and family, putting country against city life, tradition alongside progress, and the weight of things left unsaid. A wide-ranging discussion on a poignant and beautiful read.

29th April 2019
by Anna Mackmin

An extraordinary book which divided the group - a moving, hilarious page-turner for some, but bleak, disturbing and 'hard work' for others!

25th March 2019
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Many people loved the book for its characterisation and sense of place. Others thought though the writing was good, the author was too keen to explore ‘themes’ and often laboured in directing the reader’s response.

25th February 2019
Old Baggage
by Lissa Evans

The book divided opinion as some thought it warm and funny with an admirable and formidable mature female central character. Others felt the story didn't have any direction and couldn't engage with the characters.

28th January 2019
by Anna Burns

This was a hard read both in style and in subject matter, yet most agreed that the language was poetic and rhythmical and the spirit of oppression, fear and foreboding was powerful. A fascinating book with a lively discussion.