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.

27th November 2017
Thin Air
by Michelle Paver
A fascinating account of a mountaineering expedition exploring sibling rivalry, guilt and fear. But did it need to have the 'ghost story' cover badge? The group was in two minds
30th October 2017
Kolymsky Heights
by Lionel Davidson
Fast-paced, fantastical and intriguing with a Bond-like central character and a powerful, sinister setting of Siberia. Or far-fetched and confusing with no character or cause to care about. The group was divided in its response!
25th September 2017
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
by Natasha Pulley
Quirky, magical, mystical with beautiful scene-setting. Most enjoyed reading this unusual novel but felt it could have been better - the ending in particular disappointed.
31st July 2017
The Bricks That Built The Houses
by Kate Tempest
A bleak picture of young people's lives told using violent imagery and, in places, coarse language upset some. Others thought it original, compelling and powerful with stunning imagery.
26th June 2017
The Tidal Zone
by Sarah Moss
Incredibly moving, thought-provoking and beautifully written, though others weren't convinced by the characters' behaviours and motivations.
5th June 2017
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
by Madeleine Thien
A harrowing subject beautifully told but requiring concentration and application from the reader. Not a quick or easy read, but almost everyone agreed they were pleased to have read it.
24th April 2017
The Versions of Us
by Laura Barnett
A clever construction presenting three different outcomes for a relationship. Fascinating for some, challenging for others seeking to remember who was who, what was happening when. Some felt it was the best book they've read for a long while!
27th March 2017
Spill Simmer Falter Wither
by Sara Baume
Poetic language, vivid descriptions and ultimately a gripping, compelling and poignant plot. Too sad some claimed, others loved it.
27th February 2017
Golden Hill
by Francis Spufford
Great fun - a well researched 'romp' keeping us turning the pages until the last surprising 'twist'. Tedious, indulgent, too wordy, too long. The group was divided in its response!
30th January 2017
The Spinning Heart
by Donal Ryan
A clever idea which didn't work for everyone. Some thought too many characters presented an outdated and one-sided view of an Irish community. Others found a real and vivid presentation of a small town with a compelling plot construction.