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Our monthly 'In Real Life' book discussion evening, usually on the second Tuesday, is when we share views and gain new insights into our chosen book. This is a moderated discussion, and everyone has the chance to contribute.  The discussion is often lively, but never gets personal.  All views and opinions are respected.
In addition, we have a Zoom discussion evening every two months to talk about a longer book.
We love to socialise and new members are always welcome.  There's plenty of time to get to know the rest of the group before, during and after the meeting.  There are some notes to help you here.
As well as our book discussions, we have occasional theatre nights and social events.  Suggestions for nights out are always welcome.
Anyone who loves reading books and talking about them should join us.  Books are always chosen by a democratic vote.  This often leads us to some surprising places, but everyone finds it rewarding to read books that they might not have otherwise picked up. 
For a list of the books we have read so far, look here.  Although there is a wide variety, we mostly read fiction of a middle- to highbrow quality.
There is no charge for our meetings.

Upcoming events (2)

December Book Discussion - ‘Number 11’ by Jonathan Coe (NB Date Changed)

CHANGE OF DATE. Please note this meeting has been moved to Monday 12th to avoid a World Cup clash. All other details unchanged.

About the book:

The title of Jonathan Coe’s 11th novel is the official home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is also the bus route that makes a complete journey around Birmingham’s outer circle, providing a haven for those who might not want to go home because, for example, they can’t afford to put the heating on.

A brutal family dynasty shows its staying power in this 2015 state-of-the-nation satire, featuring Coe's customary humour, creativity and empathy.

About the meeting:

Everyone is welcome to our monthly Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half-time drinks break. There is more socialising time before and after the meeting.

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Bi-Monthly Long Book Discussion - 'My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante

About the book:

The opening novel of Ferrante’s acclaimed Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend charts two best friends’ journey into adulthood in post-war Italy with great emotional depth and luminous storytelling.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.

It's been widely acclaimed as one of the literary landmarks of our century. The Guardian said: 'nothing quite like it has ever been published'.

About the meeting:

Everyone is welcome to our BI-monthly Book Discussion. We share views and impressions of our chosen book in a moderated discussion. Opinions are often divided, but the debate is always friendly and respectful.

Informal chat starts at 7.30. The meeting proper begins at 8.00 and lasts two hours with a half-time drinks break.

This event is going to be held via Zoom video conference. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP from here and then message the Host/Organizer for joining details.

For this meeting we will restrict discussion to 'My Brilliant Friend' which is a relatively modest 331 pages. But, as you can see from the photo, the total quartet is much longer. So if you have the time and the appetite over the holiday period, you can move beyond the first volume, and we will welcome any insights that you can bring from the later parts of the work.

There is no charge for attendance.

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