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.

October 2008
Girl in a Blue Dress
by Gaynor Arnold
The group was divided in its enjoyment of this book, many being frustrated it didn't deliver more.
September 2008
What I Was
by Meg Rosoff
The local setting for this book didn't sway the group as most considered this an unoriginal story which held no surprises.
August 2008
The Road Home
by Rose Tremain
A powerful, moving and completely consuming account which has been meticulously and sensitively researched. Huge admiration expressed for the author.
July 2008
Jane and Prudence
by Barbara Pym
There were elements considered charming and amusing, but overall the group felt this wasn't the best book by Barbara Pym.
June 2008
The Yacoubian Building
by Alaa Al Aswany
Described as being Dickensian in its rich characterisation, the book was enjoyed by all the group, being charming, funny, pithy and vivid.
May 2008
Notes from an Exhibition
by Patrick Gale
Descriptions of Cornwall and the Quakers appealed to the group, and this book inspired many to read more from this author.
April 2008
The Great Fire
by Shirley Hazzard
Despite many recommendations, this book didn't strike a chord with this group. A difficult style and subject.
March 2008
Secret
by Phillipe Grimbert
Deceptively simple language which revealed an intriguing, haunting and terribly sad story, enjoyed by the whole group.
February 2008
On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan
A stunningly beautiful, moving and haunting book which attracted the largest ever attendance, with a number of men!
January 2008
Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan
Most agreed this book was too long and based around caricatures. Disappointing.