What we're about

This is a book and social group for the people of Banburyshire, run independent of book shops, libraries etc.

Our first meeting was January 2019. Our main aim is a book group but we aim to organise other social and cultural things too! We aim to read literary-ish fiction-ish things, but also not be averse to occasional months of other things. New books, old books, in-between books ... good books!... in a relaxed, welcoming and chatty atmosphere for anybody who likes to read.

A bit about me, I'm in my 30s and nice and settled in Banbury ... This is my second book group I've set up (the first one is still going but is in Oxford and I'm now based in Banbury - and I made some great friends there) and I'm looking forward to meeting like-minded people for pub times, social times and book times again.

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If you wish to buy a book NOT on Amazon and want to support independent business, do consider buying from our local independent bookshop Books & Inc (we have a 15% discount with them). Or check out The Hive (https://www.hive.co.uk) supporting independent book groups across the country.

Upcoming events (4)

The Old Man and the Gun (film at the Mill Arts Centre)

The Mill Arts Centre

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Apparently Redford's last acting role! Also features Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits. Tix £8 each or £10 including post-film wine! Buy via their website/on the night.

Visit to Jeff Koons: Ashmolean, Oxford

Ashmolean Museum

Tix are £12.25 each - please book online beforehand! Visit at 2pm and tea afterwards! Jeff Koons has been called the world’s most famous, controversial and subversive living artist, and in 2019 he’s coming to the world’s oldest public museum. This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art. From the moment he burst onto the scene with floating basket balls and ready-made objects to his recent re-working of classical statues and Old Master paintings, Jeff Koons has, at turns, delighted, shocked and intrigued his viewers. Curated with Koons himself, the show features 17 major works, from the 1980s to today, 14 of which have never been to the UK before. They include some of his most well-known series such as Equilibrium, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball paintings and sculptures. In the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum, where the collections range from prehistory to the present, Jeff Koons’s work will be ‘in conversation’ with the history of art and ideas which has been his focus over the past four decades.

Meal at Turkish Gul, Banbury

Turkish Gul

We've talked about going here... Now it's happening! I'll book a table when I have an idea of numbers. More info about the place here: https://turkishgul.co.uk/about-us/

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The White Horse

WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD: the acclaimed number one bestselling novel. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves. Review "Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." Hilary Mantel

Past events (14)

Pub quiz at the Wine Vaults

The Wine Vaults

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