Books We’ve Read


2019 Picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Diane Newcombe The Fallen David Baldacci
February Jenny Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Mar Val The Best of Times Penny Vincenzi
Apr Brian Plumb Maurice Gee
May Cat Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
June Sandra Bulibasha Witi Ihimira
Jul Jackie A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
Aug Chris The Road Cormac McCarthy
Sep Steve The Fox Boy Peter Walker
Oct Kate A Surfeit of Lampreys Ngaio Marsh
Nov Judith Story of A New Zealand River Jane Mander
Dec Mike Tenth of December: Stories George Saunders     





2018 picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Kate London Fields Martin Amis
February Pat Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
Mar Jackie Season of the Jew Maurice Shadbolt
Apr Derek B The Children Act Ian McEwan
May Sandra The History of Bees Maja Lund
June Judith Old Filfth Jane Gardam
Jul (swapped from June) Annie The Mountain Drusilla Modjeska
Aug Gabrielle Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Sep Ngaire Best Laid Plans Kathy Lette
Oct Jenny Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Nov Mike Post-truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it Ewan Davis
Dec Val Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope
Jan 2019 Diane Newcombe TBD
2017 picks
Month Chooser Book
Jan Val The Lost Child of Philomena Lee – Martin Sixsmith
Feb Pat Miss Garnet’s Angel- Salley Vickers
March Derek High Society – Ben Elton
April Mike Sun Storm – Åsa Larsonn
May Annie The Winter Rose –  Jennifer Donnelly.
June Kate The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
July Jenny Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Aug Gabrielle tbd
Sep Judith Winter In Madrid – C.J.Sansom
Oct Sandra All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Nov Diane tbd
Older Selections (we can’t remember which year we did these!)
(Ist Meeting 6th May 2008 )  
Mr Pip Lloyd Jones
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
Jack Maggs Peter Carey
On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan
Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
About My Wife Emily Perkins
End of the Golden Weather Bruce Mason
Mistress of the Elgin Marbles Susan Nagel
My Name Was Judas C.K. Stead
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society Mary Ann Shaffer
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
Catch 22 Joseph Heller
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Alexander McCall Smith
A Far Country Daniel Mason
The Education of Little Tree Forrest Carter
A Week in December Sebastion Faulks
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
Periera Maintains Antonio Tabucchi
The Long Story Andrea Levy
Child of Prophecy Juliet Mariller
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
The Colour Rose Tremain
Fishing For Tigers Emily Macquire
What Remains Behind Dorothy Fowler
On the Road Jack Kerouac
A Very Private Gentleman : A Novel Martin Booth
Doomsday Book Connie Williams
Flight Behaviour Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Casual Vacancy J K Rowling
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks
Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Sebastion Faulks
Human Traces Sebastion Faulks
The Pianist Szpilman Wladyslaw
The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith Thomas Keneally
Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
Me Before You Jojo Moyes
The Hundred Year Old Man who…….. Jonas Jonasson
The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion
Disgrace J M Coetzee
Shifting Colours Fiona Sussman
The Telling Room Michael Paterniti
The Picture of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
Dissolution C J Sansom

Plug: Fireside Bookgroup

Book this month (21st October) is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window – Jonas Jonasson. Next month (18th Nov) we’re doing Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

If you’re interested in coming along, we meet at 7:30pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month in Puhoi Library. The title is somewhat ambiguous as in the summer we don’t have a fire, and mostly the ‘book’ part of it is rather tenuous; discussion occasionally includes the book itself between slurps of wine. All welcome to come along – no commitment to coming every month and literary credentials needed are minimal!