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.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Woodbridge Shufflers running club joined the discussion of a memoir which most found inspiring and revealing.
The Woman in Black
Despite meeting on Halloween, this ghost story wasn't considered scary enough!
Alone in Berlin
A stunning book which presented slapstick caricatures and horrific realism. It provoked strong reactions in an animated discussion.
Most felt cheated by the ending and a lack of conclusion to earlier stories, but the book provoked a good discussion.
Despite its disturbing subject matter, most were able to overcome their discomfort and agreed this was a clever and compelling read.
A big book which few understood, so difficult to discuss in any depth. All held preconceptions about Rushdie, the man, which weren't dispelled during the meeting.
Despite the release of the film, the discussion for this classic attracted our lowest attendance ever!
The Still Point
Much more than the blurb on the cover - beautiful descriptions, sensual colours, powerful presentations of sultry summers and freezing wastelands.