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 2015
How to be both
by Ali Smith
While most enjoyed the modern day story in this book of two halves, everyone felt challenged and some were exasperated by the cleverness of the author.
October 2015
After me comes the flood
by Sarah Perry
High expectations from a great cover and intriguing, if odd, opening, but everyone agreed the novel didn't deliver. Readers didn't engage with the characters or understand what was going on. Muddled and disappointing.
September 2015
The Circle
by Dave Eggers
Give this book to all your friends - it's a warning of things to come! This was the consensus from an animated discussion. It was agreed there were flaws in the writing, but a fascinating book which had most enthralled.
July 2015
Mornings in Jenin
by Susan Abulhawa
A fascinating and moving book which provoked much discussion regarding the style of writing, but particularly the cultural and political setting. Very thought-provoking.
June 2015
Clay
by Melissa Harrison
The best book he'd ever read, said one. There was no plot, no story, said another. Most felt it was beautiful and sad.
June 2015
The Shock of the Fall
by Nathan Filer
Most agreed this was a brilliantly written, enjoyable book about a difficult subject. Some found it too unsettling.
April 2015
Station Eleven
by Emily St John Mandel
A thought-provoking, gripping and haunting account of the end of civilisation.
March 2015
The Guest Cat
by Takashi Hiraide
Is this really about a cat? A short, puzzling book. Repetition and clunky translation got in the way of overall enjoyment.
February 2015
The Mussel Feast
by Birgit Vanderbeke
A fascinating discussion as everyone seemed to respond to the book differently - a story of family, abuse, political allegory.
January 2015
The Missing
by Tim Gautreaux
A powerful, evocative account of a tough life in the deep south of America. Beautiful writing, vivid descriptions, fascinating characters.