Book Group 2

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Book Group 2 meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am.  We may meet at different venues – please contact Lesley for details.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.

Our group is led by Lesley Barclay, and she may be contacted at 01643 703302, or by email at  Please note that this group has limited membership. If you are interested in adding your name to a waiting list, click here.

Group information

This was the second book group to have been formed, from a modest beginning with four members. Over the years, we’ve numbered as many as twelve, a logistical stretch as we meet in other’s homes, but have levelled out at between eight and ten recently, making accommodation more manageable.

How we make our reading selections has changed, but we do make every effort to obtain multiple copies from the library and only resort to buying books occasionally.  Although most of our choices are fiction, across a variety of genres, we do dip into non-fiction and even poetry on occasion.  It’s impossible to predict who will love or hate any book, so lively debate is the norm.

Apart from reading, we’ve been known to leave the cosiness of our living rooms and head out to literary festivals around the south west as well as talks by authors held locally.  The arrival of Minehead’s very own literary festival has been most welcome.

Latest news

After a long break, we’re trying to get back into a rhythm of regular reading and reporting, and are trying out a new format.  We have a selection of three books each month, with the option of reading just one or as many as we like, and emailing the group with our comments. 

To keep us occupied during November, we have any or all of:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Now that further restrictions are in place, for a while at least, and as winter draws ever closer, a good book can be a blessing.

During October, our choices were: 

Carry On, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse
The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
The Choice by Edith Eger

Those of us who read the Wodehouse collection of short stories enjoyed them; a bit of welcome lighthearted battiness.  The Choice (an autobiographical account from concentration camp to doctorate in psychology in the USA) proved to be not depressing but uplifting (I haven’t read this one yet, but really want to now after hearing others’ views), while The Narrow Bed (a thriller) was disappointing.

Previous meetings

We’ve recently read Wise Children by Angela Carter, as we thought it about time we read one of hers.

Our next book will be We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen, a seafaring epic (apparently) from a Danish author.  We do like a bit of variety!


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