Book Group

Time: 2nd Thursday of every month

Place: Bridge House

Contact: Mary Knapman 763422

Parracombe book group is now in its twelfth year. We meet every second Thursday of the month at 8pm, usually at Mary Knapman’s house over a glass of wine, cup of tea or coffee.

Books for reading are chosen by suggestion from group members, and the nominee remains anonymous until after the discussion. This means we should read twelve books a year specifically for the book group meeting, but we sometimes miss a month in the summer and might choose a very slim volume for December.

Below is a list of books we have all read (or all intended to read) over the last twelve years. As you will see it makes an eclectic reading list.

Alphabetical by author

The Behaviour Of Moths – Poppy Adams
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
White Lies and Black Sheep – Bruce Aiken
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Moral Disorder – Margaret Atwood
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Early One Morning – Virginia Baily

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
Ship Fever – Andrea Barrett
Trains and Buttered Toast – John Betjeman
The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
Out of Africa – Karen Blixen
Restless – William Boyd
Sweet Caress. The Life and Times of Amory Clay – William Boyd
The Good Earth – Pearl S Buck
The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Parrot and Olivier in America – Peter Carey
Nights At The Circus – Angela Carter
Farewell, My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier

The Welsh Girl – Peter Ho Davies
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
The Calligrapher – Edward Docx
The Birth Of Venus – Sarah Dunant

Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
Saturday – Ian McEwan
The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards
The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng

Engleby – Sebastian Faulks
A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Selected Stories – E M Forster

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
Cranford – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
The End of the Affair – Graham Greene –

The Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton
Gillespie and I – Jane Harris
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
Only Human – Tom Holt
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Long View – Elizabeth Jane Howard
The Wedding Cake Tree – Melanie Hudson

The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
The Winter Book – Tove Jansson
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed…. – Jonas Jonasson
Here at the End of the World we Learn to Dance – Lloyd Jones
The Outcast – Sadie Jones
Storm of Steel – Ernst Junger

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
Aloft – William Langewiesche
On Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
A Short History of Tractors in the Ukrainian – Marina Lewycka
Love in a Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Cranford – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Westwood – Stella Gibbons

You Deserve Nothing – Alexander Maksik
The Asassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Piano Tuner – Daniel Mason
The Painted Veil – W Somerset Maugham
Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
The House at Riverton – Kate Morton
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Dear Life – Alice Munro

Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush – Eric Newby
One Day – David Nicholls
The Understudy – David Nicholls
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
HMS Surprise – Patrick O’Brian
What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn
Panther In The Basement – Amos Oz

Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
The Bees – Laline Paull
In the Place of Fallen Leaves – Tim Pears
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
Home – Marilynne Robinson
The Casual Vacancy – J K Rowling

Ali And Nino – Kurban Said
Dissolution – C J Sanson
The Architect’s Apprentice – Elif Shafak
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Man at the Helm – Nina Stibbe
The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Saving Fish From Drowning – Amy Tan
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Brother of the More Famous Jack – Barbara Trapido
Restless – Rose Tremain
The Warden – Anthony Trollope
A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
Miss Garnet’s Angel – Salley Vickers
Mr Golightly’s Holiday – Salley Vickers
No and Me – Delphine de Vigan

The Little Stranger – Sarah Walters
Down with Skool – Geoffrey Willans
Stoner – John Williams
When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Call The Midwife – Jennifer Worth
Spilling the Beans – Clarissa Dixon Wright

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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