What we're about

Are you a fresh face in Hong Kong or have already been here a while and looking to meet fellow women in Hong Kong? This book club is for any ladies in Hong Kong who love to read books and discuss them in English!

We meet usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month unless there is a Public Holiday we are trying to avoid.

The Hong Kong Ladies Book Club was started in order to allow women in Hong Kong to have a safe space to meet, discuss books and get to know each other.

Many of the regular members have been living in Hong Kong from everywhere from a year, a couple of decades or born and bred. We welcome new people! The record is a new member joining a meetup after only a week in the city.

We pick our books through a vote that we do at the beginning of the year. The suggestions come from the membership and the organizer compiles them into a big survey with 6 to 7 categories. The top one or two from each category are selected so we end up with classics, recently published books, non-fiction, Asian focused, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Previous authors have included Man Booker, Pulitzer, and Nebula award winners.

We are a "real book club" which means we do actually discuss the books. You don't have to like the book... we often have people with opposing reactions, but we do advise you read it or be willing to have the ending spoilt.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our meetups!

Jessica

Your Organizer

Upcoming events (4+)

(New Date) January 2022 - Piranesi - Susanna Clarke

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

Rescheduled due to restrictions. Hopefully this will be able to happen in Feb!

For our first book of 2022, we will be reading the book that won the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction.

This book is available on Kindle or Book Depository and you will likely also find it in English language book stores in Hong Kong. .

As with anything during a Pandemic, the actual date we will meet will depend on social distancing restrictions. This is the tentative date for this book. Please keep an eye out for any changes.

"Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known. "

We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome.

I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

Hope to see you there!

February 2022 - The Ministry of Fear - Graham Greene

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

*If Pandemic restrictions don't allow tables of at least 4, we will move the date of the meetup.

This classic thriller was first published in 1943, by the English novelist, Graham Greene, who is regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

"For Arthur Rowe, the trip to the charity fête was a joyful step back into adolescence, a chance to forget the nightmare of the Blitz and the aching guilt of having mercifully murdered his sick wife. He was surviving alone, outside the war, until he happened to win a cake at the fête. From that moment, he is ruthlessly hunted by Nazi agents and finds himself the prey of malign and shadowy forces "

This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you may find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome.

I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

Hope to see you there!

March 2022 - The Lost Apothecary - Sarah Penner

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

*If Pandemic restrictions don't allow tables of at least 4, we will move the date of the meetup.

"Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries. Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive. "

This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you may find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome.

I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

Hope to see you there!

April 2022 - The Yellow Wallpaper & Selected Writings -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

*If Pandemic restrictions don't allow tables of at least 4, we will move the date of the meetup.

MAKE SURE YOU READ THE COLLECTION WITH THE FORWARD BY MAGGIE O'FARRELL. See links below.

"'It is stripped off - the paper - in great patches ...The colour is repellent ...In the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about ...'

Based on the author's own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. In addition to her masterpiece 'The Yellow Wallpaper', this new edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography. With an introduction by Hamnet author, Maggie O'Farrell"

US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Wallpaper-Selected-Writings-ebook/dp/B00GVG06LA

UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yellow-Wallpaper-Selected-Writings-Classics-ebook/dp/B002TZ3E84/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1641480239&sr=8-8

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Yellow-Wallpaper-Selected-Writings-Charlotte-Perkins-Gilman/9781844085583?ref=grid-view&qid=1641480322477&sr=1-1

This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you may find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome.

I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

Hope to see you there!

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