What we're about

This is a friendly, brand new book club for ladies in Cumbria.

The club is inspired by by The London Girly Book Club (although not an official branch).

It's a club for female fiction lovers to gather to discuss interesting books and, just as importantly, have a good giggle - often cocktails, wine or cake are involved.

The books on the reading list are not as 'heavy' as many book clubs. The odd classic will make it on the list but in general the books are easy going with universal appeal.

Message from the host:

I've just moved to Cockermouth and can't find a replacement for The Girly Book Club that I was a member of in London. There must be other like minded ladies looking for a similar social group so I've decided to launch a branch of book club in Cumbria.

The meetings will be free and on a weekday evening and held in a nice pub/bar that we can reserve a suitable area in. I suggest alternating the meetings between Cockermouth, Keswick and Grasmere initially as that covers a reasonably wide catchment area.

To make life easy, we'll use the official Girly Book Club's reading list for the first 3 months and then take a members vote about bringing in local authors or going marvick! So - if this sounds like your kind of club, press the join button now! Anyone keen to get involved in the organising, drop me a message. It's not a lot of work but some local knowledge on venues could come in handy for a Cumbria newbie! Happy reading and hope to meet you soon. Kate

Upcoming events (5+)

May meet up - The Wife

The Pheasant

Join for a lovely evening in the Pheasant disusing this beau of a story and anything else what crops up! All welcome. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer A Husband. A Wife. Their Secret Joe and Joan Castleman are en route to Helsinki. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive there, while Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long she has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, whilst quietly being the keystone of his success. But behind the compromises, the disappointment and disillusionment there lies a secret

June book club - W. Somerset Maugham Vs Michelle Obama

Two books?! Yes that right! Pick between The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham or Michelle Obama's autobiography. Or feel free to read both (or neither!) Hope to see you there.

July meet up - Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel

This looks like a MAGIC summer read. Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, the creators of the much-loved Aisling character and the popular Facebook page 'Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling', bring Aisling to life in their novel about the quintessential country girl in the big smoke. Aisling is twenty-eight and she’s a complete ... Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year – Aisling has never lost a phone(. They love hoofing into the Coors Light if they’re 'Out', or the vodka and Diet Cokes if they re 'Out Out'. Ais spends two nights a week at her boyfriend John’s. He’s from down home and was kiss number seventeen at her twenty-first. But Aisling wants more. She wants the ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants out of her parents’ house, although she’d miss Mammy turning on the electric blanket like clockwork and Daddy taking her car 'out for a spin' and bringing it back full of petrol. When a week in Tenerife with John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine. Newly single and relocated to the big city, life is about to change utterly for this wonderful, strong, surprising and funny girl, who just happens to be a complete Aisling.

Aug meet up - Some Kind of Wonderful


Lush book for August! Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you? Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Past events (56)

April book club - Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Bar 26, Lake Road

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