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.
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
There was almost unanimous disappointment with this book. Powerful monthly magazine short stories did not transfer to a satisfying or coherent novel.
Beautiful, sparse writing presenting complex and sobering issues. A thought-provoking read which prompted a lively discussion.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
An astonishing book which puzzled, troubled, amused and moved the group. So many themes to explore - relationships, family, science, animal rights, guilt, grief...
There was too much here for one discussion! Powerful poetic language, humour, vivid characterisation, a huge array of themes and issues to ponder and puzzle over.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Most were puzzled by the book. Some enjoyed the humour, others liked exploring the deeper meaning, a few were disappointed.
The Woman Upstairs
A polarity of views: some responded to the humour and insightful writing, fascinated by themes of betrayal and disillusionment, others couldn't relate to the characters.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
A divided response - some were frustrated by the fantasy element: what's the point? For others the book spoke to them profoundly about their own childhood.
A bleak account of an unfulfilled life, but most of the group appreciated the truth, realism and beautiful writing.
A Tale for the Time Being
With so many themes, such a puzzling concept and two gripping narratives, everyone declared this the perfect book group book!
Light Shining in the Forest
An animated and empassioned discussion with everyone agreeing they couldn't put the book down, even if they felt they wanted to!