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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

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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

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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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August drinks and social

Needs a location

It's August and it's time to drink and chat! Weather dependent, we will likely do an outdoor event and have a pub booking as a back up!

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

Please note that the drinks booking for a pub 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

Ghosted: A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

Needs a location

Thanks to everyone for your votes! It came down to just one vote between the top two so I'll pencil in both books as everyone seemed quite keen! First up is 'Ghosted: A Love Story' by Jenn Ashworth. Here's the details:

One ordinary morning, Laurie's husband Mark vanishes, leaving behind his phone and wallet. For weeks, she tells no one, carrying on her job as a cleaner at the local university, visiting her tricky, dementia-suffering father and holing up in her tower-block flat with a bottle to hand. When she finally reports Mark as missing, the police are suspicious. Why did she take so long? Wasn't she worried?

It turns out there are many more mysteries in Laurie's account of events, though not just because she glosses over the facts. At the time, she couldn't explain much of her behaviour herself. But as she looks back on the ensuing wreckage - the friendships broken, the wild accusations she made, the one-night stand - she can see more clearly what lay behind it. And if it's not too late, she can see how she might repair the damage and, most of all, forgive herself.

Location: TBC nearer the date xx

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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