Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

The Organisers invite you to join us for our Book Discussion Evening.

Share views and gain new insights into this months book.

....and to vote for our next book from a list of suggestions from our members.

Drinks and socialising in The Bar from 7.30pm for a 8pm Start in the function room upstairs.

If, as a new member, you need help finding us and becoming acquainted with the group please email the organiser.



If anyone has a suggestion for our next book please email the details to the message board at... [masked]  Please include a review of the book with your message or better still, tell us in your own words why we should be reading it. Ideally suggestions should be available in paperback (for affordability) not too long or too short [masked] pages seems to work best) and of a decent standard of literature (make your own judgment about that one).

Also please give some thought as to how well the book lends itself to  lively discussion and debate on the night - Such things as a complexity of plot, a variety of themes, philosophical or social issues, well developed characters and perhaps a few unexpected twists and turns.

If you do recommend a book we will ask you to briefly (3 minutes maximum) tell us about the book at the meetup before we put each title to the vote so please come prepared for that. You do not have to chair

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  • Matthew S.

    Great evening. Hilarious in the bar afterwards- a barmaid dutifully ignored a phalanx of thirsty book-clubbers for what seemed like an age as she mixed a carefully constructed whisky cocktail- peeling oranges, mixing, carefully tasting- no, not quite- a bit more orange peel, a bit more whisky. There she was like Dimple with her opium pipes and the intricate process and there we were the garad obsessed junkies after a quick fix. (I only want a pint!!)

    4 · August 14, 2013

    • Christopher W.

      Especially as book club peeps thinking it was mine!

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Christopher W.

    Excellent night, thank you to Richard for hosting a lively and fun discussion.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Thanks to Alison & Richard for another great evening. Sets a high standard for the Sweet Tooth discussion to live up to!

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Ceri

    Great discussion- glad to be part of it and worthwhile being emotionally disturbed for ;) Fully expect to be in a home one day rambling about choppers and chemical and the meaning of freedom!

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Kevin P.

    Very disappointed. No head standing!

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Ian M.

    Fantastic evening as always. Really enjoyed the descussion about the book, it was a lot of fun and some interesting points were made. Looking forward to next month smiley.

    August 14, 2013

  • Ian M.

    Fantastic meetup as always. Really enjoyed the talk about the book and it was a fantastic discussion about it. I enjoyed everything about it.

    August 14, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Thanks Richard for a choice that got everyone talking!

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Jon

    Enjoyable discussion as ever, thanks to Richard for leading and not giving up after the lukewarm response at first! :)

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Carol B.

    I hadn't enjoyed reading the book but as always the discussion opened up why that might have been. It also encouraged me to explore maybe there was more to it that i had appreciated.

    2 · August 13, 2013

  • Yuliya

    Is there any car park on the area?

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't promise for sure, but I'll try to be there. Haven't read the book, I'm afraid, so I'll have to rely on others.

    August 12, 2013

  • Erin K.

    Hello I'm hoping to attend the next meeting but I'm new to Birmingham and a book group in general. I was just wondering how the evening is planned out and any advice you may have? Thanks Erin

    August 8, 2013

    • Heather R.

      Haha love that!

      August 9, 2013

    • Erin K.

      Alright first task of the weekend practice standing on my head, second task read the book! Thanks :)

      August 10, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Thank you, Richard, for suggesting Narcopolis - what a fascinating and colourful read! I'm not going to be able to come along on Tuesday but look forward to seeing you all in September!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Claire M.

    Newby member attending, see you then!

    August 5, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Hi Kevin ... thanks for the offer of travelling/meeting but am unsure at the moment if I able to make it. I bought thd book tho and trying to get into it. Will let u knoe nearer the time ... Very kind of you!

    August 4, 2013

    • Kevin P.

      OK. The offer is there if you need it :-)

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Is there anyone travelling by train from Wolverhampton to the book club?

    August 3, 2013

    • Kevin P.

      Yes Chris. I do. I usually catch a train from W'ton as soon as the 6:30 cheap return time kicks-in and then at New Street I meet Ian, a blind person who attends, off his train from Sutton Coldfield and escort him to the Victoria.
      Always happy for some company if that's what you're asking.

      August 3, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Thanks for information. Look forward to meeting you all on August 13th. Will not have chance to read the book chosen this time, but hopefully next.

    July 27, 2013

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