What we're about

This is a group for book lovers to come along and enjoy a meal and conversation about a book (and a drink too, if you want!). We meet monthly on a weekday at different restaurants in central London.

Upcoming events (3)

December Meeting - Small Things Like These (Claire Keegan)

Byron

£3.00

For our December festive meeting, we will read and discuss Claire Keegan's 2021 novella Small Things Like These. In addition to being short-listed for this year's Booker Prize, it won the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. 'Already an international bestseller, Small Things Like These is a deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers.' (Goodreads)

'Set in a small Irish town [during the weeks leading up to Christmas] and following a coal and timber merchant confronted by the past, this magnetic tale of determination and quiet heroism from the author of Foster is as hopeful as it is haunting.'
-Waterstones
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58662236-small-things-like-these

We will get together for this meal and discussion at the Byron Burger Central St Giles (near Tottenham Court Road Station). Come along and join us for a merry meal and joyful discussion!

N.B. We will be charging an event fee of £3, non-refundable, to discourage no-shows and contribute to the running costs of the group. Please only sign up if you intend to come along as space is limited to make for an effective discussion!

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January Meeting 1 - The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (Louis de Bernières)

In January, we will move to a new (old) schedule of having two meetings per month. So for our first meeting of 2023, we will read Louis de Bernières hilariously titled The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts. This novel forms the first part of a trilogy, but we will only focus on this book specifically.

'This rambunctious first novel by the author of the bestselling Corelli's Mandolin is set in an impoverished, violent, yet ravishingly beautiful country somewhere in South America. When the haughty Dona Constanza decides to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, the consequences are at once tragic, heroic, and outrageously funny.'
-Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3394.The_War_of_Don_Emmanuel_s_Nether_Parts

The meeting will be held at The Folly, a bar/restaurant with a very nice weekend brunch menu (for those that have been there during the week, it is quite a different vibe at Sunday lunchtime). Please come along for a fun discussion and cheery meal.

N.B. We will be charging an event fee of £3, non-refundable, to discourage no-shows and contribute to the running costs of the group. Please only sign up if you intend to come along as space is limited to make for an effective discussion!

January Meeting 2 - The Sellout (Paul Beatty)

Polpo Soho

£3.00

In our late January meeting, we will read and discuss Paul Beatty's The Sellout. This 2016 novel was the winner of the Booker Prize, the first to be won by an author not from the Commonwealth, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. This biting satire has been described as Catch-22 for racial politics in the United States.

'Turning themes of racism and slavery inside out in service of a devastatingly clever narrative message, Beatty spins a web of splenetic black comedy and social satire in this provocative, wickedly funny novel.'
-Waterstones
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22237161-the-sellout

The meeting will be held at Polpo Soho, so please come along and enjoy some tasty Italian food while we discuss this fascinating book.

N.B. We will be charging an event fee of £3, non-refundable, to discourage no-shows and contribute to the running costs of the group. Please only sign up if you intend to come along as space is limited to make for an effective discussion!

Past events (31)

November Meeting - The Madness of Grief (Rev Richard Coles)

The Real Greek Bankside

£3.00

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