Woodcote Park Afternoon Book Club

Woodcote Park Afternoon Book Club

The Afternoon Book Club meet both in person and online, reading the same titles in both cases. Both sessions run from 5.00pm until 6.00pm. For face-to-face meetings, tea/coffee and biscuits are served for a charge of £5.

Throughout lockdown, we continued to read and discuss online a wide range of titles, grouped by writer, theme or genre. Along the way we discovering some new favourites, listed at the bottom of the page.

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

Thursday 5 August (via Zoom) and Thursday 19 August (Derby) to mark our return to face-to-face meetings 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)

Favourite books

Rated 9 out of 10: Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimananda Ngozi Adichie; The Anarchy, William Dalrymple; Tess of the D’Urbevilles, Thomas Hardy; Collected Poems, Thomas Hardy; Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce; The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson; Bel Canto, Ann Patchett; The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas; The Lost Homestead, Marina Wheeler

Rated 8 out of 10: Diamonds at the Lost and Found, Sarah Aspinall; The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker; The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett; The Girl with the Louding Voice, Abi Dare; House of Glass, Hadley Freeman; Troy, Stephen Fry; The Foundling, Stacey Halls; Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; War in the Shadows, Patrick Marnham; We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver; Thomas Hardy, Claire Tomalin