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 2010
In the Kitchen
by Monica Ali
A disappointing read which promised much but didn't deliver. Unbelievable characters and a messy plot. One member of the group championed the story.
October 2010
Engleby
by Sebastian Faulks
A disturbing book, but cleverly written. The group was divided in their enjoyment of the story, but most could appreciate the skill of the author.
September 2010
The Music Room
by William Fiennes
Everyone loved the book and wanted to share the passages that particularly moved them. Beautiful writing and a powerful account of love and sacrifice.
August 2010
I'm Not Scared
by Niccolo Ammaniti
Powerful and sensual descriptions presented the heat of the summer, the colour of the landscape and the sense of foreboding. A wonderful, shocking book.
July 2010
The True Deceiver
by Tove Jansson
A disturbing and haunting story, which proved a surprise to many, from this author.
June 2010
Nation
by Terry Pratchett
Quite different from the Discworld series, but those who hated this book got quite cross with those who loved it!
May 2010
Brooklyn
by Colm Tobin
The meeting divided into two, equally impassioned, groups: a book of beautiful description and powerful characterisation, or frustrating and unbelievable.
March 2010
The Post Office Girl
by Stefan Zweig
A stunning book which enthralled the group. The discussion flowed without any need for prompts. So much to enjoy, puzzle and trouble over, and to admire.
February 2010
The Other Hand
by Chris Cleave
A lesson in not believing the hype. A trite, manipulative interpretation of a serious subject with a terrible ending - everyone agreed!
January 2010
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Attwood
A disturbing, but plausible, account of the future, with many intrigued by the issues raised by the author, and keen to read her other book 'The Year of the Flood'.