BOOK READING - 1 Shepperton first Monday afternoon every 6 weeks,literature classic and modern 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Will be online, using Zoom
This group meets in the leaders’ home where, typically, 5-6 of the enrolled 7 discuss books which have been chosen.
The group started in 2017 as the groups already running were full and there appeared to be a number of members who would like to join these groups.
The novels chosen are all suggested by various members of the group and tend to be of literary merit i.e those who have been prize winners in a variety of categories. We read past as well as contemporary novelists. We will continue to review and evaluate book choices, ensuring the sessions are friendly and enjoyable.
BOOK READING - 2 Walton 10.30–12.30 every fourth Thursday. Please call the Group Co-ordinator (01932 222 963) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK READING - 3 West Molesey 2.30–4.30 Fridays monthly
BOOK READING - 4 Esher 10.30–12.30 first Monday monthly. Will be online, using Zoom
The Leader says:
"I started this group on 9th February 2009 when my predecessor had to give up and it was suggested that we might enjoy reading even more if we were to run a reading group, taking over existing members from mainly the Esher area. I cannot believe that we have been running for almost ten years, and we seem to enjoy the social contacts as much as the book discussions. I am fortunate to be able to offer conservatory accommodation overlooking the rear garden which encourages the relaxed atmosphere.
We spend most of the time reviewing our thoughts about the book under discussion – all very informal, can be gently controversial and often leads to useful references to other books and recommendations.
We decided at the outset that, as the group leader, I would select book titles - from constantly looking at all available sources of book reviews – and order the required number of books from my local [the Dittons] library with whose staff I now have an excellent working relationship. Whenever they can they let me know of popular books ordered by other reading groups and I always give them feedback from our last meeting which they very much appreciate. In addition our own members contribute ideas for future books which I very much appreciate!
Our selections are very wide ranging and several have been turned into films such as Life of Pi , Salmon fishing in the Yemen and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Two years ago we specialised in several military ww stories. By contrast we indulge in what might be seen as cheerful holiday reads , then a more serious Julian Barnes. The only subjects we tend to avoid are sex, religion, politics and biographies. Each December I produce a list of what we have read each month and that in itself can initiate a discussion.
Inevitably, as coffee and biscuits are produced, our verbal reviews develop into more general conversation and useful local gossip!
I can certainly recommend leading a reading group. It is simple to organise and rapidly develops into a monthly routine, becoming an overall enjoyable experience. If any one would like to think about it, please get in touch if you would like to learn more before starting out as I did"