Our Book Group began in 2006 as the brainchild of a parishioner, Susan Welsh. Usually we meet at the home of one of us every six weeks or so for a pleasant evening of relaxed talk. At present we meet on zoom. We pool ideas about what to read next and make a group choice of book.

We look for novels, contemporary & classic, biographies, books on history or specific issues which will prompt lively discussion. New members are always welcome. Please email the Parish Office if you would like more information – office@stnicholaschiswick.org

Our next meeting will be Monday 14th December in St Denys when we will discuss ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Charles Dickens. 

Previous books have included:

John Boyne – The Hearts Invisible Furies, Susanna Clarke – Piranesi, Jane Gardam – Old Filth, Phillipe Sands – East West Street, Peter Fleming – Brazillian Adventure, Isabella Tree – The Wilding, Christy Lefteri – The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Elizabeth Taylor – Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Michelle Obama – Becoming, Maggie O’Farrell – Hamnet, Georgette Heyer – The Black Moth, Bernadine Evaristo – Girl, Woman Other, Anna Sebba – Les Parisiennes, Bernice Reubens – The Elected Member, Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche – Americanah, Melissa Harrison – All Among The Barley, Ben Macintyre – The spy and the traitor,  Aminatta Forna – Happiness, Dorothy West – The Wedding,  Anthony Reg Hinton – The Sun does Shine, Andrew Miller – One morning like a bird, Anita Anand – Sophia: princess, suffragette, revolutionary, Andrew Birkin – J.M Barrie and the Lost Boys, Alexandra Harris – Romantic Moderns, Heinrich Boll – Billiards at half past nine, Amor Towle – A Gentleman in Moscow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13, Tim Marshall – Prisoners of Geography, Mohsin Hamid – Exit West, Mary Shelley – Frankenstein, Thomas Penn – Winter King Alice Munro – Runaway, Amos Oz – Scenes from Village Life, Robert Harris – Imperium, Seamus Deane – Reading in the Dark, Beryl Markham – West with the Night, Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness, JG Ballard – Miracles of Life Henry James – The Spoils of Poynton, Eugenie Fraser – The House by the Dvina, Louise Doughty – Apple Tree Yard, Mark Miodownik – Stuff Matters Emile Zola – Germinal, Anthony Doerr – All the light we cannot see, Linda Grant – When I lived in Modern Times, Margaret Craven – I heard an Owl call my name, Robert Harris – An officer and a spy, Jane Smiley –  A Thousand Acres, Atul Gawande – Being Mortal, Chinua Achebe – Things fall apart Marilynne Robinson – Lila, Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Elizabeth Bowen – The House of Paris, George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty Four, Alexandra Fuller – Dont’s lets go to the dogs tonight, Clare Tomalin – The Life and Death of Mary Wollostoncraft Anthony Trollop – Barchester Towers, V.S. Naipaul – A House for Mr Biswas, William Faulkner – The Sound of Fury, Alan Johnson – This Boy: a memoir of childhood, Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front, F.M. Mayor – The Rector’s Daughter, Claire Tomalin – Charles Dickens: A Life, John Lanchester – Capital John Williams – Stoner, Richard Holloway – Leaving Alexandria, Ernest Hemingway – Farewell to Arms, Philip Pullman – The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ, Madeleine Millar – The Song of Achilles, Jenny Uglow – The Lunar Men, Franny Moyle – Constance: The tragic and scandalous life of Mrs Oscar Wilde, Jeanette Winterson – Why be happy when you could be normal Jonathan Franzen – The Corrections, Thomas Mann – Buddenbrooks, Rory Stewart – The Places in Between, Humphey Hawksley – Democracy Kills Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities, Salley Vickers – The Other Side of You Hilary Spurling – Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure, Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance, Edmund de Wall – The Hare with Amber Eyes, Margaret Atwood – The Penelopiad, Louis de Bernieres – Birds without wings, Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina, Zaiba Malik – We are a Muslim please, William Dalrymple – Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, Simon Mawer – The Glass Room, Virginia Nicholson – Singled Out, Helen Garner – The Spare Room, Muriel Barbery – The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Giorgio Bassani – The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Michela Wrong – It’s Our Turn to Eat, Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory Marilynne Robinson – Home, Henry James – The Portrait of a Lady Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief, Barack Obama – Dreams from my Father Carl Gustav Jung – Answer to Job, William Dalrymple – From the Holy Mountain, Jim Wallis – Seven Ways to Change the World, Graham Greene – The End of the Affair, Philip Pullman – Northern Lights, John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany, Marilynne Robinson – Gilead, Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible, Edmund Gosse – Father and Son, Barry Unsworth – Morality Play, Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita, Willa Cather – Death Comes for the Archbishop, Alister McGrath – The Dawkins Delusion Tom Wright – Simply Christian, C S Lewis – Mere Christianity

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