With the bricks and mortar shop temporarily closed, we’ve been missing your lively book conversations and hearing your thoughts on the latest reads. So we’ve moved the Bookshop Bookclub online!
Become a member of Sevenoaks Bookshop Bookclub on Facebook to chat books. We’ll also be hosting regular scheduled live discussions.
Wishing all of you the very best whilst we’re in lockdown. Keep on reading!
*We’ve had lots of requests to join our online book club recently which is wonderful! We’ll be continuing to use the Facebook Group as part of a two step security process with regards to sharing Zoom passwords for our live discussions. If you have asked to join the group but don’t have a photo or any information about you on Facebook, I’m afraid we haven’t been able to approve your request.
Tuesday 7 July, 8pm
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
We’re looking forward to reading and discussing this seminal piece of gay fiction. James Baldwin is as well known for his powerful essays and comment as he is for his fiction and this is one of his most famous pieces of works.
Now feels like the ideal time to read this classic love story set in 1950s Paris, to continue the conversation about black history and black writers.
One of our recent guests, Benjamin Myers, called it ‘one of the greatest love stories ever written’.
Order your copy, read it and join us!
Tuesday 16 June, 8pm
Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
Books to make us laugh – was there ever a time when they were more needed and necessary?!
Our next bookshop bookclub book is Man at the Helm, by Nina Stibbe, the first book in a trilogy featuring Lizzie Vogel and her family. Once again, we’re in the favoured position that Nina will be joining us for our discussion on Zoom.
Nina was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction for Man at the Helm and the follow-up novel, Paradise Lodge, before winning the prize with the most recent book in the series, Reasons to be Cheerful. So we’re going to start at the beginning and who knows – maybe some of you will stick with the Vogels for the summer and enjoy some much needed giggles and sniggering over the next few weeks and months.
Tuesday 19 May, 8pm
One Fine Day by Mollie Panter Downes
This slim but affecting novel was first published in 1946. Through a single day in the life of a woman living in an English village, it is a vivid portrait of the aftermath of war and explores themes of reconciliation to change.
Mollie wrote several novels – including the recently re-issued My Husband Simon (which Fleur loved!) – but is most famous for her wartime diaries and work as London Correspondent to the New Yorker during WWII.
As we start to imagine what life beyond lockdown could look like, and with the 75th anniversary of VE day due to be celebrated on 8th May, we think this will be a particularly interesting and timely read.
Join in with our live discussion about One Fine Day on Zoom – find all the details here: Sevenoaks Bookshop Bookclub on Facebook.
Tuesday 5 May
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Another online Bookclub meeting where the author joined in – this time Zooming in from the USA.
A Gentleman in Moscow has been read and loved by so many of the shop’s staff and customers. It’s a fantastically quirky and uplifting tale of confinement.
If you were not able to join us on the night or would like to relive the conversion do look at our video:
Tuesday 21 April
Lanny by Max Porter – with Max Porter!
Max came to the shop for one of our very first author events, when we had a full house for his Grief is the Thing With Feathers, so it was lovely to have him come along again for our online Bookclub conversation about his new book.
Lanny by Max Porter£8.99
Tuesday 7 April
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Our first ever live discussion on Sevenoaks Bookshop Bookclub on Facebook.