Welcome to Chichester Readers; a group of people who love books. The general idea is to meet every month or so, all having read the same book and to have a bit of a natter over a glass or two of wine. Marvellous.
So far we have read:
1) Julia Stuart's 'The Matchmaker of Perigord'
2) 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' by Kim Edwards
3) 'The White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga
4) 'Boiling a Frog' by Christopher Brookmyre
5) 'Night Train to Lisbon' by Pascal Mercier
6) 'The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce' by Paul Torday
7) 'Remarkable Creatures' by Tracy Chevalier
8) 'The Quickening Maze' by Adam Foulds or 'The Childrens' Book' by A.S. Byatt
9) 'A Room With A View' by E. M . Forster
10) 'The Finest Type of English Womanhood' by Rachel Heath
11) 'The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit' by Sloan Wilson
12) 'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger
13) 'Catch 22' by Joseph Heller
14) 'Solar' by Ian McEwan
15) 'Small Wars' by Sadie Jones
16) 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver
17) 'Lady Audley's Secret' by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
18) 'The Bottle Factory Outing' by Beryl Bainbridge
19) 'The White Woman on the Green Bicycle' by Monique Roffey
20) Jane Borodale's 'The Book of Fires' and as a Christmas bonus extra 'Yan and the Christmas Tree' by Yun Machida
21) 'The Last Block in Harlem' by Christopher Herz
22) 'Mr Chartwell' by Rebecca Hunt
23) Kazuo Ishiguro's 'The Remains of the Day'
24) For our revolutionary non-fiction meetup bookworms had a choice of non-fiction titles 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat' by Oliver Sacks or 'Lizzie Siddal' by Lucinda Hawksley
25) Either 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov or 'Parachutes and Kisses' (the sequel to 'Fear of Flying' by Erica Jong)
26) 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by Edmund de Waal
27) 'The Beautiful and the Damned' by F Scott Fitzgerald
28) 'Eleven' by Mark Watson
29) Isabel Ashdown's 'Hurry Up and Wait'
30) Jonathan Pinnock's 'Mrs Darcy Against the Aliens'
31) Gavin James Bower's 'Made in Britain'
32) 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes and 'Letters to Father Christmas' by JRR Tolkien
33) Gabrielle Kimm's 'The Courtesan's Lover'
34) 'Before I Go to Sleep' by S.J. Watson
35) 'The Afrika Reich' by Guy Saville
36) 'Jamrach's Menagerie' by Carol Birch
37) 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett
38) The Road Home' by Rose Tremain
39) 'Gold' by Chris Cleave
40) Simon Brett's 'Bones Under the Beach Hut'
41) 'Rook' by Jane Rusbridge
42) 'Jude the Obscure' by Thomas Hardy
43) 'The Prisoner of Heaven' by Carlos Ruiz Zafron and bonus reads by Helen J Beal, 'Half a Dozen Star Jumps' and 'Thirty Seconds Before Midnight'
44) 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey (bonus read: 'Dot Dash' by Jonathan Pinnock)
45) January's read is poetry - either 'The Bees' by Carol Ann Duffy or 'The Nation's Favourite Poems' (bonus read: 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel)
1st Rule of Book Club: The readers choose the next read in a 'democratic' process
2nd Rule of Book Club: You may talk about Book Club
3rd Rule of Book Club: We don't choose a read that any of the readers have already read
4th Rule of Book Club: Readers bring suggestions for the next read to the Meetup
5th Rule of Book Club: Clive will bring along a colour printout of all the published covers of that month's chosen book(s) for discussion amongst the group - thank you Clive :-)