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We are a group of people who like to get together and discuss English language novels. The club (pronounced "Elba") includes people from MeetUp, FB ex pats, the Anglo-Swedish Society, and the British Club in Gothenburg.

In our first season (2014) we read six novels by Jane Austen and held a Jane Austen Evening that October, hosted by the Anglo-Swedish Society and attended by about 50 people.  This was a great success and generated a lot of interest in the book club.

For the second season (2015) we branched out into novels with a loose connection to some of the themes and motifs in Jane Austen's novels.

In the third season (Nov 2015 - May 2016) we read English language novels that our core members had recommended.

In the fourth season (Sept 2016 - May 2017) we are reading more suggestions from our core members. Criteria for inclusion are loose, but we like to include novels that members have always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to, or ones that are topical and interesting, or lead to interesting discussions. The only really strict criteria are that the novels have to be less than 400 words (so that even busy people can read them before the meeting), and that they must be available in paperback and on Kindle. 

Members suggested a total of 14 books this year to add to our shortlist. From this shortlist, eight books were chosen via a delphi method at our bookstorming in June.

BOOK LIST 2016 - 2017  with descriptions of the chosen books.

(This document can also be found under More > Files.)

Our meetings are held in English in a museum apartment in Haga, Gothenburg. We meet at 18:30 on the third Tuesday of each month. We discuss the book for about an hour and then have a 'fika' and have a more free-ranging discussion for another hour. For the fika we try to provide home-made cake/food to a theme based on the book being discussed.  The cost of the meetup is 20 kronor each, to pay for the room and the fika.

Each meeting has a discussion leader who gives a brief introduction to the book and gets the discussion going.

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ELB(A) - English Language Book Club

Recent Meetups

  • November 15 · 6:30 PM

    It Can't Happen Here

    10 ELBA readers | 5.00

    What if some ambitious candidate used the US presidential election to become a dictator by promising quick, easy solutions to people's fears? Or could it never happen... Learn more

  • October 18 · 6:30 PM

    A Thousand Acres

    11 ELBA readers | 4.50

    The story of King Lear woven into an American midwest farming family. A story of power misused, mental health problems, sibling rivalry and jealousy. Jane Smiley (1992)... Learn more

  • September 20 · 6:30 PM

    Ru / Mãn

    16 ELBA readers | 5.00

    This is the first meeting of the new season. Kim Thúy writes short books so we will read two this month. Ru by Kim Thúy (2010), 141 pages The novel's title, Ru, has... Learn more

  • May 17 · 7:00 PM

    Rachel Ray

    7 ELBA readers | 4.00

    A deceptively simple novel exploring English preoccupations with sex, class and religion. Anthony Trollope (1863), 326 pages. Rachel Ray is the story of a young woman... Learn more

  • April 19 · 7:00 PM

    Open Secrets

    7 ELBA readers | 5.00

    Short stories which talk eloquently of the unexpected echoes in the lives of different people, and how our own pasts make us strangers to ourselves. Alice Munro (1994),... Learn more

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    "Thanks to everyone who came to the discussion,­ and to Birger for the biographica­l background on Sinclair Lewis and the the earlier novels that won Lewis the Nobel Prize in Literature.­..."

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    "This was an interesting­ book to read and discuss just after the US election. It was surprising to note the book was written in 1935 and foretold so much of life under Nazism so well...."

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    "Very inspiring evening - thank you all!"

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    Fredrik D. Fredrik D. commented on It Can't Happen Here
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    "I havn't­ had time to read the book but it seemed very interesting­ due to certain recent events .. is it ok to come anyway?"

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    Carmen Carmen commented on It Can't Happen Here
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    "Hi! Unfortunate­ly I couldn´t finish the book, and I have already started the new one, so I will not meet you tomorrow, sorry. Have a wonderful meeting! Carmen"

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