What we're about

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! I've opened up the RSVPs 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

Upcoming events (4)

June drinks and social

Needs a location

It's finally summer! Let's enjoy a drink and a chat on a lovely Friday evening.

Book chat is not required for this event, but it's always welcome!

Look forward to seeing you all!

Location: TBC xx

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Needs a location

The winner of our last vote (which was extremely close!!) is...Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Here's the deets:

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold...

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story – translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot – explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

Location: TBC

July drinks and social

Needs a location

It's July, the sun is shining (hopefully) and we all get together to enjoy a few drinks. Sound good? Let's do it.

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

Please note that the drinks booking 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 Five: Untold Lives of Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

Thank you to Caitlin for arranging the vote in my absence and thank you to all who voted for our July book club! The winner is "The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper" by Hallie Rubenhold. I've had to paraphrase in the event name as it's a looong title! Here's the bit about the book:

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

Location TBC nearer the time.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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