The Fireside Book Group

library-mediumThe ‘fireside’ bookgroup was originally started as a way of helping us cope with the dim winter months by gathering around the fire in the little Puhoi Library to discuss a book.

On both counts it has rather exceeded its mandate – it now runs all year round (invalidating the ‘fireside’ epithet) and the conversation rarely stays on the book concerned. Digressing into history, psychology, politics,  village events and colourful local gossip has become something of a speciality. There’s always a warm welcome, some delicious nibbles and a few bottles of wine bought along to lubricate the intellects.

So come along and join us – not having read the book is certainly not a barrier to entry (indeed I’m pretty sure some members haven’t read the proscribed one yet;-)

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (as so many groups seem to have snatched the first and last Tuesdays). Just come along and see or use the contact form below for more information.

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


Jan 2020 Gabrielle TBD  
Feb 2020 Diane Newcombe TBD  
Mar 2020 Annie Where the crawdads sing Delia Owen.

As we had more than 12 at our selection ceremony, we’ve already allocated the first 3 months of 2020:

2020 Picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Mike    
February Judith Story of a New Zealand River Jane Mander
Mar Kate A Surfeit of Lampreys Ngio Marsh

Previous years…

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