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, or use the contact form below.

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2020

Books for 2020


Title & Author


06 January

The Corset
Laura Purcell

At Carol's

03 February

Once Upon A River
Diane Setterfield

At Gill's

02 March

The House Opposite
Barbara Noble

At Eileen's

06 April

The Burning Chambers
Kate Mosse

Jean's book
by Zoom

04 May

The Centre of the Bed
Joan Bakewell

Lynn's book
by Zoom

01 June

The Shepherd's Hut
Tim Winton

Sally's book
by Zoom

06 July

The Dutch House
Ann Patchett

Alex's book
by Zoom

03 August

Blackberry Wine
Joanne Harris

Audrey's book
by Zoom


Where The Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

Carol's book
by Zoom

05 October

Life, Death & Vanilla Slices
Jenny Eclair

Eileen's book
by Zoom

02 November

West With The Night
Beryl Markahm

Gill's book
by Zoom

07 December

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2019

Reading Books for 2019


Title and Author


03 December

The Other Hand
by Chris Cleeve

Sally's book
at Alex's

07 January

The Ship
by CS Forester

at Alex's

04 February

No meeting

04 March

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

at Audrey's

01 April

The Body In The Ice
AJ Mackenzie

at Carol's

29 April

Reasons To Stay Alive
Matt Haig

at Eileen's

03 June

After The Party
Cressida Connolly

at Gill's

01 July

The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce

at Jean's

05 August

The Penguin Lessons
Tom Michell

at Jenny's

02 September

Kate Atkinson

at Lynn's

07 October

The Scavenger's Daughter
Kay Bratt

Sally's book
at Alex's

05 November

A Gentleman In Moscow
Amor Towles

at Alex's

02 December

The Warden
Anthony Trollope

at Audrey's

06 January

The Corset
Laura Purcell

at Carol's

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