Reading - Modern Novels
At St John's Library - Meeting Room 3, postcode WR2 5AX on alternate Tuesdays at 1400hr.
The novels we read (post-2010) are selected by the members, each of whom introduces his/her book. Choices are often, but not exclusively, taken from the shortlists of major book awards such as the Booker and Costa.
We aim to study the style of writing as well as the content.
For the coming year, the programme so far is as follows. And below that, I list the novels we explored 2020 – 2021 during lockdowns via zoom sessions under the group heading Virtual Reading Modern Novels. We are not planning to do zoom /virtual sessions unless we have no choice depending on how Covid behaves in the coming months.
We'll be meeting in St John's Library, Meeting Room 3 (NOT Bromyard Road Methodist Church as in previous years) on alternate Tuesdays 14.00 to 16.00. Bring your own refreshments.
21/9 Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
5/10 The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
19/10 Booker prize winners – excerpts and discussion: Why do judges make the choices they do?
2/11 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
16/11 The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey
30/11 To be Confirmed – see further novel choices below. One will be this date.
14/12 Christmas Social( possibly in another venue TBC)
After the Christmas Break we meet on 14/1/2022 then fortnightly until 19/4/2022 and the novels chosen so far include Lullaby by Leila Slimani, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.
2020-2021 We discussed Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo, This is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill, Machines Like Me by Ian Mc Ewan, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens,
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, Lanny by Max Porter The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik, The Tempest by Steve Sem Sandberg, My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid.
This information was updated 2/9/21 by Rose Jack.