Helmdon Reading Group.

Helmdon Reading Group - An Introduction

The first Reading Group was set up in the village in 1999. It ceased to meet as numbers dropped off when members moved away or decided to take up other activities, and a second reading group began in 2005 and is now fully subscribed.

A book is chosen each month, up to two months in advance. We meet once a month in each others' houses to discuss the relevant book. We usually have wine and refreshments at these gatherings.

If anybody is interested in finding out if there is a vacancy, or would like to know more about the Reading Group or would like to set up their own, please contact Jean Simmonds or Audrey Forgham.

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2023

Books for 2023

Date

Title & Author

Venue

January 2023

The Moon's A Balloon
David Niven

Gill's Book

February

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Jo's Book

March

The Keeper of Stories
Sally Page

Lynn Gartside's Book

April

Lessons in Chemistry
Bonnie Garmus

Jean's book

May

Istanbul: Memories of a City
Orhan Pamuk

Lynn Walmsley's book

June

The Bedlam Stacks
Natasha Pulley

Sally's book
at Gill's

July

O Caledonia
Elspeth Barker

Alex's book

August

Orphans of the Storm
Celia Imrie

Carol's book

September

The Girl with the Louding Voice
Abe Dare

Eileen's book

October

True Grit
Charles Portis

Gill's book

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2022

Books for 2022

Date

Title & Author

Venue

January 2022

The Guest List
Lucy Foley

Carol's book

February 2022

The Salt Path
Raynor Winn

Audrey's book
at Lynn Gartside's

March 2022

The Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett

Eileen's book

April 2022

Small Pleasures
Clare Chambers

Gill's book

May 2022

The Garden of Evening Mists
Tan Twan Eng

Jean's book

June 2022

Unsettled Ground
Clare Fuller

Jo's book

July 2022

Magpie Lane
Lucy Atkins

Lynn Gartside's
book

August 2022

Howard's End
E.M.Forster

Lynn Walmsley's
book

September 2022

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian
Maria Lewycka

Sally's book

October 2022

The Lincoln Lawyer
Amor Towles

Alex's book

November 2022

The Four Winds
Kristin Hannah

Carol's book

December 2022

1984
George Orwell

Eileen's book

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2021

Books for 2021

Date

Title & Author

Venue

06 January

Rules of Civility
Amor Towles

Lynn's book

01 February

Girl, Woman, Other
Bernadine Evaristo

Sally's book

01 March

A Single Thread
Tracey Chevalier

Alex's book

05 April

The Liffey Near & Far
Niki Phillips

Audrey's book

03 May

Force of Nature
Jane Harper

Carol's book

07 June

The Night Tiger
Yangtsze Choo

Eileen's book

July

Hamnet
Maggie O'Farrell

Gill's book

August

The Architect's Apprentice
Elif Shafak

Jean's book

September

Bringing In The Sheaves
Richard Coles

Lynn Gartside's
book

October

American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins

Lynn Walmsley's
book

November

The Betrayal
Kate Furnivall

Sally's Book
at Alex's

December

I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
Laurie Lee

Alex's
book