What we're about

A friendly group of book lovers based in High Wycombe. We meet in the pub or online once a month on a Sunday afternoon to talk about a specific title. Also with regular socials, extra midweek series for the serious readers, and online events.

This book group has been running for several years, started up by Tamsin as part of a general social group, but we decided that it was time to go it alone, and we have expanded to a regular group of between 10 and 20 in each discussion.

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626338830918082

A list of previously read books can be found here https://highwycombebookgroup.blogspot.com/p/list-of-books-previously-discussed.html

Upcoming events (5)

[Midweek Extra] Middle English - Beowulf

Home sweet home

(Please note this is on a Monday night, to mix up the nights as requested!)

Due to the ongoing situation we will be online for this discussion, zoom link will be posted in the comments just before the meeting start time.

As a group we recently read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and had the idea it would be interesting to read some other texts from the medieval period. We are not academics, just interested readers, so this is very much an experiment in shared ignorance! This really is niche reading, so don't feel you have to take part!

We will focus on modern English translations, of which Penguin do great editions of all three, but feel free to pick another translation of your choice.

We have picked 3 books to read over the next few months for our midweek extra specials, The titles chosen are:

The History of the Kings of Britain - Geoffrey of Monmouth (May)

Beowulf - Unknown (June)

The Book of Margery Kempe (August)

We realise that these books are just a tiny snapshot of a period that covers 900 years, but we wanted to start somewhere!

These books are extra (for the serious readers!) to our usual Sunday afternoon selections, which we will continue as a varied mainly fiction selection.

Book Discussion - The Dig (John Preston)

High Wycombe

Due to the ongoing situation we will be online for this discussion, zoom link will be posted in the comments just before the meeting start time.

The book...

In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find...

We usually meet on a Sunday afternoon towards the end of each month in the pub (check venue for each event!) for discussion of one specific book.

Books are chosen by the hosts from suggestions given by Book Club members, please come along with your ideas for what we can read in future months!

Do not hesitate to contact one of the hosts for more information.

Book Discussion - Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)

High Wycombe

Due to the ongoing situation we will be online for this discussion, zoom link will be posted in the comments just before the meeting start time.

The book...

Meet the gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression. They want to throw a party for their friend Doc, so Mack and the boys set about, in their own inimitable way, recruiting everyone in the neighbourhood to the cause. But along the way they can't help but get involved in a little mischief and misadventure. It wouldn't be Cannery Row if it was otherwise, now would it?

We usually meet on a Sunday afternoon towards the end of each month in the pub (check venue for each event!) for discussion of one specific book.

Books are chosen by the hosts from suggestions given by Book Club members, please come along with your ideas for what we can read in future months!

Do not hesitate to contact one of the hosts for more information.

[Midweek Extra] Middle English - The Book of Margery Kempe

Home sweet home

(Please note this is on a Tuesday night, to mix up the nights as requested!)

Due to the ongoing situation we will be online for this discussion, zoom link will be posted in the comments just before the meeting start time.

As a group we recently read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and had the idea it would be interesting to read some other texts from the medieval period. We are not academics, just interested readers, so this is very much an experiment in shared ignorance! This really is niche reading, so don't feel you have to take part!

We will focus on modern English translations, of which Penguin do great editions of all three, but feel free to pick another translation of your choice.

We have picked 3 books to read over the next few months for our midweek extra specials, The titles chosen are:

The History of the Kings of Britain - Geoffrey of Monmouth (May)

Beowulf - Unknown (June)

The Book of Margery Kempe (August)

We realise that these books are just a tiny snapshot of a period that covers 900 years, but we wanted to start somewhere!

These books are extra (for the serious readers!) to our usual Sunday afternoon selections, which we will continue as a varied mainly fiction selection.

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