Past Meetup

Book Club @ Town Hall Tavern, Manchester Monthly Meetup


Please be aware that the meeting will take place at the Town Hall Tavern which is on 20 Tib Lane, just off Albert Square.

The book up for discussion at the March meet-up is:

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat (Genre: The Sea)

The book up for discussion at the April meet-up is:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Genre: 19th Century Classics)

The genre for the May meet-up will be Discworld (not sure how Rod and Lenka managed this) - please bring along your suggestions.

Books read:


The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels (genre: Non-fiction political activists/activism)

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (genre: New Beginnings)


The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder (genre: Christmas)

The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland (genre: Historical Fiction)

The British Museum Is Falling Down by David Lodge (genre: comedy)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (genre: Classics which have been adapted into film)

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (genre: Detective Fiction)

The Tower by Simon Clark (guest author)

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (genre: Exploration)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the female perspective)

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (genre: Mid-life Crisis from the male perspective)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. (genre: books which have been banned)

The Lost Cosmonaut by Daniel Kalder. (genre: Non Fiction Travel Writing)

Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (genre: Short stories)


Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (genre: American classics)

The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynn Jones (genre: Fantasy)

The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu (genre: Diaries)

Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka (genre: Sporting Fiction)

The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (genre: Novels by authors that were famous for something else before writing)

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing (genre: Triumph over Adversity)

Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes (genre: beat generation)

Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster (genre: African Authors)

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (genre: Horror)

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (genre: Dickens)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (genre: Novels based in the future from when the book was published)

The Second Coming by John Niven (genre: comedy)


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (genre: Winners or Shortlisted books from the Orange Prize from any previous year)

The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (genre: Social Upheaval)

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (genre: Space Exploration)

The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (no record of genre)

A Passage To India by E.M. Forester (genre: Classic Novels from[masked])

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (genre: short stories)

Manchester Man by Mrs. G. L. Banks (genre: Books related to Manchester)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (genre: Family)

Lost in Music by Giles Smith (genre: Music)

The True Story of Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on everything by Kevin Cook (genre: Autobiographies [ended up being a biography])

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (genre: Banned Books)


My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (genre: Detective novels)

London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (genre: The Green Carnation Prize 2010 Longlist)

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Guest Author Paul Magrs recommendation)

Never The Bride by Paul Magrs (genre: Books by Paul Magrs [guest author])

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (genre: Political fiction)

The Fight by Norman Mailer (genre: Sport)

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (genre: Fictional comedy)

If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien (genre: War Novels)

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (genre: Sci-Fi)

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (genre: Debut Novels)

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (genre: Travel Writing)

Four Stories by Alan Bennett (genre: short stories)


Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (genre: Fictional Crime)

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (genre: the Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlist)

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (genre: Horror)

Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman (genre: Humour)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (genre: Modern Day Classics published between 1909 – 1959) (Voted Book of the Year 2009)

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (genre: Classics)

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi (this was before we started selected genres)

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa el-Aswany