What we're about

Young London Book Group is for readers between 20 and 35 who are looking to socialise and talk about literature with like-minded people. We meet usually on the third Tuesday of every month (but this does change, so please keep on eye on dates) at a pub in central London, starting at 6.30pm.

We have a casual discussion of the month's book for an hour or so, then encourage people to stick around for a drink or two at the same venue afterwards. If you would rather just come for the discussion, that's fine too!

At the end of each session, we choose our next book from a shortlist. These will tend to be short novels/novellas or graphic novels. If you have any recommendations for future book groups, send us a message to let us know.

Happy reading!



Please contribute a pound or two if you can whenever you attend to help cover Meetup's running costs. Any money left over at the end of each year will be donated to an arts charity chosen by the group.

Upcoming events (1)

Passing by Nella Larsen

The Leather Exchange

Irene Redfield is a Black woman living an affluent, comfortable life with her husband and children in the thriving neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920s. When she reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Kendry, who is similarly light-skinned, Irene discovers that Clare has been passing for a white woman after severing ties to her past--even hiding the truth from her racist husband.

Clare finds herself drawn to Irene's sense of ease and security with her Black identity and longs for the community (and, increasingly, the woman) she lost. Irene is both riveted and repulsed by Clare and her dangerous secret, as Clare begins to insert herself--and her deception--into every part of Irene's stable existence. First published in 1929, Larsen's brilliant examination of the various ways in which we all seek to "pass," is as timely as ever.


Once everyone has arrived, we'll have a casual discussion of the book for an hour or so (7-8pm). After this you are all welcome to stay for a drink and some social time.

This meetup is free for all to attend, but to help cover subscription costs I'll pass a donation envelope around at some point during the evening. This is to help me keep the group running, so any contributions are much appreciated.

We'll be choosing December's book during this meetup, so please let me know if there are any short novels that you would like to add to the shortlist before this event.

Past events (18)

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

The Leather Exchange

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