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.
Where'd you go Bernadette?
A surprising, funny and inventive book which proved a hit with almost everyone and its presentation of relationships, communication and mental illness was thought-provoking.
John Saturnall's Feast
General dissatisfaction with an unsophisticated plot and two-dimensional characters but the description of food and nature was considered vivid and sensual.
A great summer read that kept most of the group turning the pages, intrigued and engrossed by Carcassonne through the ages. A few found the writing flawed.
Astonishing range of subject, theme and style for one book but the description of the Italian village was declared the most appealing. Much to discuss.
Cover billing was declared misleading and some wanted a different ending, but animated debate and generally considered a great read!
Beautiful and compelling, but also contrived and superficial: the group was divided, but all were pleased to have read this book.
Various Pets Alive and Dead
A witty and wry take on modern values for some, but others didn't feel the characters were authentic.
Cutting for Stone
A month wasn't long enough to appreciate everything in this huge, dense book, but most finished it and everyone loved it. A lively discussion: 20% attending were men!
The Paris Wife
Beautiful writing and a fascinating insight into a relationship and a literary circle, but a couple of people in the group found they didn't care about the characters.