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Let's have a discussion of a (usually fiction) book over a glass of wine/ pint/ Ribena once a month. We try to read everything from classics to contemporary - all that matters is that you love books and talking about them! And getting to know new people at the same time...
We will also have a social every month where book chat is not necessary but usually encouraged!

Two notes: Booking pubs for more than 30 is notoriously difficult in Oxford! Events are now capped at 35, but please always note I may only be able to book seats for 25-30 people depending on the pub, so a seat isn't always guaranteed.

I also want to note that there are fees to run meetup groups. Ours is around £180 a year. I'm happy to discuss this with anyone but would really appreciate any donations (literally just a couple of quid) to help support the running of the meetup. There's absolutely no obligation to do so, and I'll continue to pay fees out of my own pocket but it would definitely be appreciated! If you did want to donate, our PayPal is oxfordwineandbooks@gmail.com

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October drinks and social

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It's October, things are starting to cool down so let's get a drink and settle in to the start of winter!

As always, no book chat is required for this one but it's always welcome!

Please note that the drinks booking for a pub will be for 30 seats. Please don't let this put you off from attending as there's always space if you'd like to join.

Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces xx

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Booker Prize Special

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It's time for something a little different. Each year we usually like to choose a book from the Booker Prize shortlist and it is completely your choice which of the shortlist you read! The shortlist has now been announced, full details are available here: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/prize-years/2022

Please choose whichever book you'd like from the following:

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Trees by Percival Everett
Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

The winner will be announced on 17th October, so pick your book and see if it ends up being the winner!

We will discuss each of the entries, and we can argue which of the books we believe deserved to win the prize!

Add this to your calendar, pick your choice and get ready to debate our winner. X

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November drinks and social

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It's November, let's get a drink and warm ourselves up in the pub!

As always, no book chat is required for this one but it's always welcome!

Please note that the drinks booking for a pub will be for 30 seats. Please don't let this put you off from attending as there's always space if you'd like to join.

Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces xx

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

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Thanks to all of your votes, we have our November choice! Here are the deets:

Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.

One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbour, bringing the neighbour’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well travelled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind―and Patricia has already invited him in.

Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted―including the book club―but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighbourly kindness gone wrong.

Looking forward to discussing this one!

Location TBC nearer the time xx

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How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

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