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.

30th September 2019
The Overstory
by Richard Powers
The best novel written about trees, according to writer Ann Patchett. Will we agree? Join in the discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
29th July 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
Devoured
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
Milkman
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.