The Fireside Book Group


The ‘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.

January 20AnnieWhere The Crawdads SingDelia Owens
February 20JudithI Heard the Owl Call My NameMargaret Craven
March 20DerekOutlineRachel Cusk
April 20*** COVID BREAK ***
May 20SteveA Gesture LifeChang-Rae Lee
June 20Cat/ChrisInfidelAyaan Hirsi Ali
July 20KateLittle Fires EverywhereCeleste Ng
August 20MikeGhost WallSarah Moss
September 20JackieThe Strength of EggshellsKirsty Powell
October 20Sandra40 AutumnsNina Willner
November 20BryanLeaves Of The Banyan TreeAlbert Wendt
December 20JennyFree for all of books we've read.
January 21ValThe Salt PathRaynor Winn
Feb 21ChrisDirt MusicTim Winton
March 21MikeMythosStephen Fry
April 21JennyA Prayer for Owen MeanyJohn Irving
May 21BryanWhere the Rēkohu Bone Sings Tina Makareti
June 21DerekThe OverstoryRichard Powers
July 21CatChickenhawkRobert Mason
Aug 21KateDanger ZoneMaurice Shadbolt
Sept 21AnnieWalking With GhostsGabriel Byrne
Oct 21JudithWhere Once My Heart used to BeatSebastian Faulks
Nov 21ValThe Whitstable High Tide Swimming ClubKatie May
Dec 21JackieSkeletons on the Zahara: A true story of survival.Dean King

See a more or less accurate list of books we’ve read in previous years…