What we're about

In January 2019 this group will have been running for 7 years. Which is unbelievable. When I first set up this group I had just moved to South London and having lived either North or East for much of my life wanted to get to know the area and make new friends.

After 7 years of moving from pub to pub and trying out loads of different venues we have finally found a home at the wonderful Selkirk in Tooting Broadway. This is a group that I am very proud of, friendships have been formed and everyone is welcome.

Over the years we've read books that have become firm favorites, books that I recommend to everyone I meet (Middlesex, A Tale for the Time Being, Americanah to name just three) and we have read some truly terrible books that have led to heated debates and nights full of laughter and wine.

I keep a list of books that have been requested as future reads and regular members get a say in what we read next. This year I'm trying to be more organised and plan as much in advance as possible so people know whats coming up.

Upcoming events (5+)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Selkirk

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of. Available to buy on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1101904224/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day by way of Agatha Christie and Black Mirror - the most inventive story you'll read this year Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed ... Again It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath... You can buy the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seven-Deaths-Evelyn-Hardcastle-bestseller/dp/140888951X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548155152&sr=8-1&keywords=the+seven+deaths+of+evelyn+hardcastle

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

The Selkirk

Fishbowl (what the goldfish saw as he fell from the 27th floor) by Bradley Somer Even a goldfish can dream of adventure... From his enviable view from a balcony on the 27th floor of an apartment block, Ian the Goldfish has frequent - if fleeting - desires for a more exciting life. Until one day, a series of unfortunate events give him an opportunity to escape... Our story begins, however, with the human inhabitants of Ian's building. There is the handsome student, his girlfriend, and his mistress; an agoraphobic sex worker, the invisible caretaker; the pregnant woman on bed rest; and the home-schooled boy, Herman, who thinks he can travel through time. And as Ian tumbles perilously downwards, he will witness all their lives, loves, triumphs and disasters... A truly original, philosophically joyful and charming novel with the unlikeliest of heroes. This is Tales of the City as seen by a goldfish. Available to buy on paperback or Kindle here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fishbowl-Bradley-Somer/dp/0091956935/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548673876&sr=1-1&keywords=Fishbowl+%28Paperback%29+Bradley+Somer

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

The Selkirk

A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. When Poornima first meets Savitha, she feels something she thought she lost for good when her mother died: hope. Poornima's father hires Savitha to work one of their sari looms, and the two girls are quickly drawn to one another. Savitha is even more impoverished than Poornima, but she is full of passion and energy. She shows Poornima how to find beauty in a bolt of indigo cloth, a bowl of yogurt rice and bananas, the warmth of friendship. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to lock down for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend again. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face relentless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them. In breathtaking prose, Shobha Rao tackles the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and feminism. At once a propulsive page-turner and a heart-wrenching meditation on friendship, Rao's debut novel is a literary tour de force. Available to buy on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1250074258/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Past events (79)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Selkirk

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