Book Group 2nd Friday History

Here you can read about Book group activities in previous years

We had another enlightening author visit in 2018 from Lexie Conyngham. We discussed her book A Knife in Darkness, the first in a series of detective novels set in Ballater. She also gave a very interesting insight into the process of writing and in particular crime fiction.

Session 2016 - 2017 was an eventful one for Book Group 2nd Friday. We changed our venue from the Northern Arts Club to the Central Library which has been a very successful move. We also had a visit from local author Isabel Jackson who told us about the very interesting lives of her grandparents. Michael Steele gave a an entertaining presentation on another local author, but from a previous generation, Lorna Moon.

In June 2014 we had a most enjoyable afternoon being entertained by Kemnay author and forester Alan Crawford. He talked with passion about his life experiences with people, nature, trees, and of his book 'Whispering Woods: tales from the Caledonian Forest'. He also brought with him some wooden bowls containing items gathered in woods-works of art in themselves some of us thought!

Book Lists 2006-2017 for the 2nd Friday Book Group

March 2006 Q&A by Vikas Swarup
April The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
May History of Love by Nicole Krauss
June The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
September The Time Travel(l)er’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
October No Great Mischief Alistair MacLeod
November The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
December Author, Author David Lodge

January 2007 The Europeans Henry James
February Persuasion Jane Austen
March Stuart: a Life Backwards Alexander Masters
April Two Lives Vikram Seth
May The Driver’s Seat Muriel Spark
June The Sea John Banville
September Digging to America Ann Tyler
October The Honorary Consul Graham Greene
November The Girls Lori Lansens
December Over Margaret Foster

January 08 Hide and Seek Clare Sambrook
February Buddha-Da Ann Donovan
March The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Maggie O’ Farrell
April Night Watch Sarah Waters
May When They Lay Bare by Andrew Greig
June Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Sept One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich A Solzhenitsyn
Oct Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Nov Author Day various books by Margaret Attwood
Dec Engleby Sebastian Foulkes

Jan 09 Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Feb A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
March Mr Pip Lloyd Jones
April The Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge
May Black girl, White Girl Joyce Carol Oats
June Howard’s End E M Forster
September Hotel World Ali Smith
October The Secret Scripture Sebastian Barry
November Reef Romesh Gunesekera
December The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid

January 10 Angels(From Angels and Insects) A S Byatt
February Purple Hibiscus Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
March I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
April Slow Man J M Coetzee
June Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Gaskell
September Antigona and Me Kate Clanchy
October The Help Kathryn Stockett
November Notwithstanding Louis de Bernieres
December The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Mary Ann Shaffer

January 11 The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
February The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett
March Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Paul Torday
April Fear and Trembling Amelie Nothumb
June Portrait of a Lady Henry James
Sept The Hare with Amber Eyes Edmond de Waals
Oct A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
Nov This is Not about Me Janice Galloway
Dec The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery

Jan 12 To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Feb The Fox in the Attic Richard Hughes
March Trumpet Jackie Kay
April The Book Thief Markus Zusak
May The Shipping News Annie Proulx
June Love and Friendship Alison Lurie

14 Sept 12 The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson
12 Oct The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
9 Nov Fergus Lamont by Robin Jenkins
14 Dec A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
11 Jan The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8 Feb Waterland by Graham Swift
8 March To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Sep 13 The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
Oct Dangling Man by Saul Bellow
Nov Stonemouth by Iain Banks
Dec The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Jan Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Feb Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
March Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Sep 14 Joseph Knight by James Robertson
Oct Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
Nov Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown
Dec Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
Jan 15 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Feb Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Mar Reading Lolita in Tehran by Nafisi Azar
Apr The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Jun The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Sept 15 All the Rage by AL Kennedy_
Oct All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Nov Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Dec The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
Jan 16 The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Feb Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
Mar We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Apr Love Nina by Nina Stibbe
May The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn
June The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Sept 16 Wake by Anna Hope
Oct My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Nov Her Sister's Gift by Isabel Jackson
Dec Witch Light by Susan Fletcher

Jan 17 The Man Who Mistook his Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks
Feb No One Writes to The Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mar Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
May Doorways in Drumorty by Lorna Moon
Jun The Human Stain by Philip Roth

Sept 17 The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
Oct Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes
Nov The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa
Dec Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Jan 18 The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Feb The Pure Land by Alan Spence
Mar The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
Apr English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
May Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Jun Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa

Sep 18 The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman
Oct A Knife in Darkness by Lexie Conyngham (Author visit)
Nov Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
Dec The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon

Jan Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark
Feb The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Mar Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Apr Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
May A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
Jun The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald