Book Groups


New Groups

We match up people who would like to join a book group in a particular area. If there are no existing groups looking for new members, we put people in touch with each other so they can set up a new group.

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Discounts for Book Groups

Book groups ordering four or more copies of a book will receive a 15% discount if the books are ordered, collected and paid for by one person (our Loyalty Scheme card cannot be used in conjunction with this).

Author Events

We host regular author events and often invite authors of books we've selected for our Reading Group Recommendations list. These make great outings for book groups, and are a perfect opportunity to meet and ask questions of writers in a relaxed and intimate environment.

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Reading Group Recommendations 2017

FICTION

The Noise of Time
Julian Barnes £7.99
The fictional account of Shostakovich’s life as an artist in a totalitarian state.

If I Should Die
Matthew Frank £7.99
Brilliantly crafted crime novel. First in a series by a local author.

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford £8.99
Remarkably fresh and visual evocation of 1740s New York.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave £7.99
Loosely based on the story of his grandparents - a cliché-free novel of love in WWII.

The Outside Lands
Hannah Kohler £7.99
Compelling debut about the impact of the Vietnam War on small town lives.

The Vanishing Futurist
Charlotte Hobson £7.99
A 22 year old governess travels from Cornwall to Russia in 1917 and a new life with experimental communist ideals.

Mothering Sunday
Graham Swift £8.99
Powerful novella. ‘1924, a society struggling with the death toll of WWI.’

What Belongs to You
Garth Greenwell £7.99
Unanimously acclaimed: ‘A compassionate meditation of the slipperiness of desire.’

Addlands
Tom Bullough £8.99
A hymn to nature and an exquisite tale of a farmer in the Welsh borders.

 

 

My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout £8.99
A heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

The Girls
Emma Cline £7.99
Excellent debut novel set in 1969 California about adolescence and female friendships.

The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry £7.99
Science, religion, faith, friendship, and desire on the Essex marshes in 1893.

The Tidal Zone
Sarah Moss £8.99
Unflinching, courageous, and riveting, this exploration of family life centres around a cataclysmic event and its aftermath.

Himself
Jess Kidd £7.99
Murder, mayhem and magical realism in an Irish village.

The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead £7.99
Thrilling and compelling tale of a young woman escaping the horrors of slavery - multi award-winning and shortlisted.

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry £7.99
Violent, superbly written western set in mid 19th century America. Overall winner of this year's Costa Award.

NON-FICTION

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Keggie Carew £8.99
A daughter’s account of her maverick war hero father. Winner of this year's Costa Biography Award. 

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
William Finnegan £9.99
2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and inspired winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. An addictive and brilliant read.

But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir
Marceline Loridan-Ivens £7.99
Breathtaking memoir of a holocaust survivor, and a deeply affecting message from a daughter to her father.

When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi £8.99
A dying surgeon contemplates his past in a devastating farewell.

The Living Mountain
Nan Shepherd £8.99
Nature writing at its finest, charting the magnificent Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.

Summer Before the Dark
Volker Weidermann £8.99
A rich and entertaining portrait of a group of artists in 1936 Ostend.

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
Carly Simon £9.99
Beautifully written memoir about the pains and joys of love and art.

The Return
Hisham Matar £9.99
Fathers and sons: a memoir of exile, loss and love.

POETRY

Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest £9.99
Long single poem: seven neighbours in a London street offered a chance to connect - read the book then listen to the CD.