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.

November 2009
The People on Privilege Hill
by Jane Gardam
Humorous characterisation, and gentle description, it was considered an enjoyable book.
October 2009
Digging to America
by Anne Tyler
Cover image and blurb was considered misleading, and the group felt so much more could have been said in the book.
September 2009
Restless
by William Boyd
A light read which was disappointing in its lack of depth. The author writing as females was considered ineffective.
August 2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
Another book which divided the group: some found it intriguing and atmospheric, others were frustrated.
July 2009
An Artist of the Floating World
by Kazuo Ishiguro
A puzzling book which some championed, but others felt disappointing.
June 2009
Firmin
by Sam Savage
Most found this a charmless account of life as a rat.
May 2009
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
A deceptively easy read but with the author's on words and difficult themes to explore, this proved a thought-provoking discussion.
April 2009
The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters
An atmospheric account of wartime London for women, with the reverse chronology adding an interesting element.
March 2009
Be Near Me
by Andrew O'Hagan
A dark book with no likeable characters, however the two men who attended enjoyed it.
February 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Taken out of their comfort zone, most enjoyed this book but a number of members were very distressed by the account of violence towards women.
January 2009
The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink
Comparisons with the film added to a fascinating discussion. The dilemmas of guilt and responsibility across the generations in Germany were explored.