Woodcote Park Afternoon Book Club

Woodcote Park Afternoon Book Club

While social distancing has prevented the group from meeting in person, we have been holding sessions via Zoom in which several linked titles are discussed. These are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, and run from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Numbers are limited to eight people, which includes a host for each session.

From July onward, assuming Covid restrictions are further eased, we will resume meetings in person. But to provide an alternative for those not yet ready for face-to-face meetings, the same two titles will be discussed via Zoom earlier in the month, when an optional third title may be included. Both sessions will run from 5.00pm until 6.00pm. For physical meetings, discussions of the main two titles will be split between the Oaks and the Library (except where noted, and provided space remains available), with coffee and tea available from 4.45pm and a charge of £5 applied to member accounts.

Thursday 8 July (via Zoom) 

Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy; Collected Poems by Thomas Hardy; (opt: Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin)

Thursday 5 August (via Zoom) and Thursday 19 August (Derby) to mark our return to face-to-face meetings – assuming we are permitted – we will be enjoying a glass of Pimm’s with our coffee/tea, and afternoon pastries as well – fee will be £12.50. 

Africa – The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare; Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie (opt: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi)

Thursday 2 September (via Zoom) and Thursday 16 September (Library)

Voyages – English Passengers by Matthew Kneale; The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (opt: Landfalls by Naomi Williams)

Thursday 7 October (via Zoom) and Thursday 21 October (Oaks/Library)

Spies – The Spy who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre; On her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming (opt: The Quiet American by Graham Greene)

Thursday 4 November (via Zoom) and Thursday 18 November (Oaks/Library)

Refugees: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri; American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (opt: The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri)

Thursday 2 December (via Zoom) and Thursday 16 December (Oaks/Library)

Food – Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain by Pam Vogler; Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater (opt: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain)

New members are always welcome. If you would like to attend our next session, please email Katherine Kreuter at: bookclub-wpafternoon@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.