Book Group 1

The important bit!

Book Group 1 meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am.  We normally meet at 7, Abbots Way, Minehead, but while COVID restrictions are in place, we are meeting online, using Zoom.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.

Our group is led by Jill Merer, and she may be contacted at 01643 704782, or by email at note that this group has limited membership. If you are interested in adding your name to a waiting list, click here.

Group information

The group started in 2004 with many of the original members still attending.

We meet every month, starting with coffee and ending by sorting out the world.  In between, we discuss the book chosen by a member who often starts us off with a bit about the author.  When they have had their say, every one else joins in.  Some like the book chosen and some don’t, but everyone reads it, and we find that we are reading titles that we might otherwise have missed.

We buy books from various websites, but members are free to borrow them from the library if they prefer.

Daisy, Book Group 1’s honorary member


February.  We discussed Joanne Harris’s book Five Quarters of the Orange.  We all thought it was a good choice.

Next month we will discuss After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell

January.  First of all – Season’s Greetings.  I hesitate to say Happy New Year, as it is not easy at the moment.  However, we met in January on Zoom, which we have been using since it became too cold to sit in a garden.  Rosemary hosted the meeting as I had a medical appointment, but I was able to join the group later.

We met in January on Zoom.  We discussed The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, who walked the South West Coast Path with her husband and very little money, after they were made homeless.  We would recommend this book, plus her second one called Wild Silence.





December.  This month we read and discussed The Words in my Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd.  A marvellous book combining little known facts with fictional bits to fill out the story. We recommend it to anyone who likes history and a good story.  This is Guinevere Glasfurd’s first novel.

November. After a bit of a struggle plus the expert help of a member’s partner, we managed to get together on Zoom for our November meeting.  We discussed Diary of a Medieval Lady by Philippa Moseley, which is set locally and deals with the bloody War of the Roses.  Elizabeth Courtney is buried with her first husband in Porlock and we plan to visit when we get back our freedom.  If you are interested in local history and the status of women at that time, then this is the book for you.

October. This month we read and discussed by Zoom The Mitford Murders by Jessica FellowesOur general opinion of the book was that it was quite a good read but too long at over four hundred pages.  The title was misleading as it was not a murder done to or by the Mitfords and she was using the Mitford name to gain interest.

September.   We met over Zoom, having had a practice the week before.  I’m relieved to report that it all went very well, so Zoom will be the norm until we can meet again in my house.

August.  Our group has been operating twelve months of the year since 2004 and I have never in all these years found running it so challenging as in the last few months.  This was due to a number of factors, the most difficult being our range of technical skills, from members not having a computer at all and no interest, to being very proficient.  I tried to cater for them all. Our book of the month was The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell.


Books Read – About the book and a review

Authors – notes about some of the Authors whose books we have read

Book index – index to comments on books read by all members of Book Groups and the Books Forum


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