What we're about

This is a group for anyone who is passionate about reading the very best in contemporary fiction, who wants to expand their reading but maybe doesn't know where to start, who wants to get to know other reading lovers, and have a drink and discuss books in a fun, relaxed environment.

Newcomers are very welcome, it's a very friendly group, discussions are informal, but kept on track with questions, and we do get quite excited, with everybody mucking in - it's good fun. Reading a book on your own is lovely, talking about it in a group, and hearing everyone's different perspectives is fascinating and exhilarating.

I've planned a programme for several months so you can see what we will be reading; often award winning fiction. Many of the sessions are already booked up, but don't let this put you off, it's always worth getting on the wait list as a couple of people usually drop out.

The Fox venue is great - loads of parking, a quiet, cosy area tucked away at the back of the pub, perfect for book groups - join us.

Upcoming events (5)

Book Club - The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Fox Pub

£5.00

Book Club - The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13516154-the-song-of-achilles?ac=1&from_search=true&rating=4 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Achilles-Bloomsbury-Modern-Classics/dp/1408891387/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546372914&sr=1-1&keywords=the+song+of+achilles+madeline+miller

Book Club - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra

Book Club - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra *** Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2017 *** In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted in the middle of the night by Russian soldiers. Their life-long friend and neighbour, Akhmed, has also been watching, and when he finds Havaa he knows of only one person who might be able to help. For tough-minded doctor Sonja Rabina, it’s just another day of trying to keep her bombed-out, abandoned hospital going. When Akhmed arrives with Havaa, asking Sonja for shelter, she has no idea who the pair are. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis, revealing the intricate pattern of connections that binds these three unlikely companions together and unexpectedly decides their fate. 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is simply spectacular' Ann Patchett https://www.amazon.co.uk/Constellation-Vital-Phenomena-Anthony-Marra/dp/0099575574 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428067-a-constellation-of-vital-phenomena

Book Club - Annabel - Kathleen Winter

The Fox Pub

£5.00

Book Club - Annabel - Kathleen Winter In 1968, in a remote part of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people share the secret - the baby's parents and a trusted neighbour. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up within the hyper-male hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self - a girl he thinks of as 'Annabel' - is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life. As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults that have guarded his secret. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annabel-Kathleen-Winter/dp/0099555026/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550176900&sr=1-1&keywords=annabel+kathleen+winter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7984373-annabel

Book Club - The End of Loneliness - Benedict Wells

The Fox Pub

£5.00

Book Club - The End of Loneliness - Benedict Wells The international bestseller, translated by the award-winning translator of The Tobacconist, Charlotte Collins Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature 'Original and captivating . . . its quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition' Stylist 'It is impossible to look away from it' Guardian 'Dazzling' John Irving *************** I've known Death a long time but now Death knows me. When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager. The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths. Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate - or chance - will once again alter the course of a life. Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love. *************** 'This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten' Sunday Post 'Beautifully rendered: moving and wise, occasionally timeless . . . when Wells most needs to be sophisticated, he is' Irish Times 'A superbly insightful story' BookRiot https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Loneliness-Dazzling-International-Bestseller/dp/1473654041/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1554659209&sr=1-1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35456277-the-end-of-loneliness

Past events (35)

Book Club - A Ladder to the Sky - John Boyne

The Fox Pub

£5.00

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