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Stoner by John Williams

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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  • Steve L.

    Just got back from holiday when I had the chance to read two more John Williams novels - 'Augustus' & 'Butcher's Crossing'. If you enjoyed 'Stoner', don't miss these. The settings couldn't be more different - Ancient Rome & the Wild West - but the writing is equally brilliant.

    3 · July 23, 2014

    • Carol H.

      Thanks Steve, I have bought Augustus and look forward to a good holiday read. Cx

      July 23, 2014

  • Tony C

    Superb chairing from Steve and many insightful comments.

    2 · July 9, 2014

  • Gail

    I agree Elijah. A touching book and a touching discussion. Thank you everyone.

    2 · July 9, 2014

  • elijah r.

    Excellent discussion and a lot to reflect upon

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Jas S.

    The map link for The Victoria takes you to Digbeth just by Selfridges, but John Bright St is at the back end of New St Station? I'll go to the address rather than follow the map.

    July 8, 2014

    • Tony C

      Ignore the map. It's John bright Street - next to the Alexander theatre.

      July 8, 2014

  • Alex J.

    Found this book really easy to get into and it had some interesting twists. Looking forward to the discussion tomorrow.

    July 7, 2014

  • Ian M.

    Unfortunatly I will not be able to make the event tomorrow as i'm currently going threw the process of being matched and trained with a new guide dog. I really struggled to get in to this book although bits of it I did find interesting.

    July 7, 2014

  • Erin K.

    Hi guys I may or may not attend for two reasons. 1 I've not finished the book yet, 2 I have whiplash - hopefully I manage along.

    July 4, 2014

  • Kevin P.

    World Cup semi-final guys. I'm ashamed, but there it is. See you next month.

    July 3, 2014

    • Jas S.

      Would normally have every sympathy, but this is the most amazing book - will have to record the football.

      2 · July 3, 2014

    • Kevin P.

      True, but that would leave my poor old Dad with no one to moan at during the game!

      July 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dammit, that month came around quick and I haven't even managed to get my hands on a copy of the flaming book! I did reserve it at the library weeks ago, but alas, my efforts have been fruitless. Will get in quicker next time!

    July 3, 2014

  • Kevin P.

    Here's how flaky I can be. World Cup semi-final night. So I may be there!

    June 14, 2014

  • Kevin P.

    Brilliant suggestion Steve! Come hell or high water, I'll be there next month.

    June 11, 2014

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