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 2022

Books for 2022


Title & Author


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

Helmdon Reading Group - Books for 2021

Books for 2021


Title & Author


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


Maggie O'Farrell

Gill's book


The Architect's Apprentice
Elif Shafak

Jean's book


Bringing In The Sheaves
Richard Coles

Lynn Gartside's


American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins

Lynn Walmsley's


The Betrayal
Kate Furnivall

Sally's Book
at Alex's


I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
Laurie Lee


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 Markham

Gill's book
by Zoom

07 December

Those Who Are Loved
Victoria Hislop

Jean's book
by Zoom

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