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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A quirky, unusual, funny book which brought about a lively discussion on fulfilment, contentment, social expectations and the workplace.
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.
An extraordinary book which divided the group - a moving, hilarious page-turner for some, but bleak, disturbing and 'hard work' for others!
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.
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.