Bookshop Book Club

Bookshop Book Club

Join us for a friendly and lively discussion over a free tea or coffee at our monthly Bookshop Book Club in the Bookshop café.

We pick a varied range of books to read and discuss each month. New books that excite us, classics that have passed us by, fiction and non-fiction – but always in paperback, usually not too long… and with plenty to get your teeth in to.

Tuesday 24 March

12.30pm in the café.

The Heat of the Moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

An astonishing account of a profession defined by the most difficult decisions imaginable. Dr Sabrina Cohen has been a firefighter for eighteen years. She decides which of her colleagues rushes into a burning building and how they confront the blaze. She makes the call to evacuate when she believes the options have been exhausted or the situation has escalated beyond hope. She has managed emergencies that have shocked and moved us all, and made decisions that seem impossible.

No need to book – just turn up.

Tuesday 21 April

12.30pm in the café.

On The Marshes by Carol Donaldson

When Carol Donaldson walked across the marshlands of north Kent, travelling from Gravesend to Whitstable, she was still coming to terms with being evicted from her home and the break-up of a long-term relationship. Until then, she had been happy working as a conservationist and sleeping in a caravan under a willow tree on a RSPB nature reserve. This book weaves Donaldson’s own story with others who have made these waterlands their home, and explores the conflict between marsh-dwellers and corporate Britain, and the different ways we choose to live.

No need to book – just turn up.

Gaudy Night

Thursday 7 May

12.30pm in the café

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford collge. Now, despite her scandalous life she has been summoned back…

A Lord Peter Wimsey mystery which intertwines love, crime and poison pen letters.

No need to book – just turn up.

Some of our previous choices:

  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli
  • As the Women Lay Dreaming by Donald Murray
  • After Rain by William Trevor
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • The Stopping Places by Damian le Bas
  • West by Carys Davies
  • The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris
  • A Month in the Country by J L Carr
  • A Forger’s Tale by Shaun Greenhalgh
  • Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
  • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald