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.
Girl in a Blue Dress
The group was divided in its enjoyment of this book, many being frustrated it didn't deliver more.
What I Was
The local setting for this book didn't sway the group as most considered this an unoriginal story which held no surprises.
The Road Home
A powerful, moving and completely consuming account which has been meticulously and sensitively researched. Huge admiration expressed for the author.
Jane and Prudence
There were elements considered charming and amusing, but overall the group felt this wasn't the best book by Barbara Pym.
The Yacoubian Building
Described as being Dickensian in its rich characterisation, the book was enjoyed by all the group, being charming, funny, pithy and vivid.
Notes from an Exhibition
Descriptions of Cornwall and the Quakers appealed to the group, and this book inspired many to read more from this author.
The Great Fire
Despite many recommendations, this book didn't strike a chord with this group. A difficult style and subject.
Deceptively simple language which revealed an intriguing, haunting and terribly sad story, enjoyed by the whole group.
On Chesil Beach
A stunningly beautiful, moving and haunting book which attracted the largest ever attendance, with a number of men!