What we're about

Although called Caversham Critics, this book group is open to all friendly Reading based fiction lovers. We shall explore old and modern classics, contemporary fiction, and perhaps even pretend to be judges by comparing our notes on the shortlists for the big literary prizes.

We meet monthly in a pub in central Reading.

We are a friendly bunch and we generally stick around for some post-book banter and a few drinks too. So don't be shy: if the club sounds like your cup of tea, don't hesitate, join and spread the word!

To cover the costs of the meetup website we charge a small fee of either £10 per year or £1 per meeting attended- you can choose how to pay based on what suits you and how many times you plan to attend. There is no cost for your first meetup, so do come and try us for free! Any surplus at the end of the year will be put towards a Christmas party or similar.

Upcoming events (5+)

Pub Quiz

Back of Beyond

Hi All, As we have discovered, the Back of Beyond does a weekly quiz. I'm setting up fortnightly invites as a bit of a non-book social and believe with our combined intelligence we're bound to win. Quiz starts at 8pm, make sure you're there before as I hear it gets pretty busy! Nats

'Into Thin Air' by Jon Krakauer

Back of Beyond

Pub Quiz

Back of Beyond

Hi All, As we have discovered, the Back of Beyond does a weekly quiz. I'm setting up fortnightly invites as a bit of a non-book social and believe with our combined intelligence we're bound to win. Quiz starts at 8pm, make sure you're there before as I hear it gets pretty busy! Nats

SciFi: 'Dogs of War' by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Back of Beyond

We will be reading 'Dogs of War' by Adrian Tchaikosky. Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, south-eastern Mexico. Rex is a genetically engineered Bioform, a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that he must do exactly what Master says and Master says he's got to kill a lot of enemies. But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow Bioforms even have a right to exist? And what happens when Rex slips his leash? Caversham Critics SciFi section meets every 6 weeks (barring unforeseen circumstances). Submit book suggestions here... (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nHHZaeiJRuLPp9zBe5t_pFSLDoHsmlG-klH62SYQ33E/edit?usp=sharing)

Past events (294)

Pub Quiz

Back of Beyond

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