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Books read in the recent year

16 January             Grace & Mary – Melvyn Bragg
20 February            The Citadel – AJ Cronin
20 March               A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks
17 April                  Birdcage Walk- Helen Dunmore
15 May                  Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
19 June                 The French Lieutenant’s Woman – J. Fowles
17 July                 A Man called Ove – Frederik Backman
18 September       The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell
16 October           Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
20 November        Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman


Books read in 2017

17 January       Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooke
21 February     The Light Between Oceans – M.L.Stedman
21 March         Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barry Norris
18 April          The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale
16 May           My House in Damascus – Diana Darke
20 June          Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
18 July           All the Light We Cannot See –Anthony Doerr
19 Sept The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
17 October Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
21 November Room – Emma Donoghue

Books read in 2016

19 January        Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell        
16 February        Lustrum – Robert Harris                    
15 March        The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins            
19 April        Snobs – Lord Julian Fellowes                    
17 May        Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee                
21 June        The Colour of Milk – Nell Leyshon                
19 July            Being Mortal – Atul Gawandi                    
20 September        A Spool of  Blue Thread – Anne Tyler            
18 October        A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson                
15 November        The Past – Tessa Hadley       

2015  Books Read

20 January        A Commonplace Killing – Sian Busby            
17 February        The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger            
17 March        This Boy – Alan Johnson                    
21 April        The Girl Who Fell From the Sky – Simon Mawer        
19 May        Invisible – James Patterson/David Ellis            
16 June        Blazing Obsession – Dai Henley                
21 July            H is for Hawk  - Helen Macdonald    & BBQ            
15 September        The Garden of Evening Mists –Tan Twan Eng        
20 October        The Strangler Vine – Miranda Carter                
15 November        The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison       


The books we read in 2014

January The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
February A Possible Life Sebastian Faulks
March And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseni
April Longbourn Jo Baker
May Harvest Jim Crace
June The Glass Room Simon Mawer
July The Siege Helen Dunmore
September The Strangler Vine Miranda Carter
October Stoner John Williams
November One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Solzhenitsyn

The books we read in 2013:

15 January           The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
19 February          The Thread - Victoria Hislop
19 March             Mudbound – Hillary Jordan
16 April                That Woman – Anna Sebba
21 May               Up and Down in the Dales – Gervase Phinn
18 June                Dinner – Herman Koch
16 July                 As I walked out one Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee
17 September       The Famished Road – Ben Okri
15 October           Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
19 November        Border Crossing – Pat Barker
21 January           The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The books we read in 2012:

January        Fortune's Rocks – Anita Shreve                
February      The Dig – John Preston                    
March           The Summer Book – Tove Jansson            
April              Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquival        
May              Pereira Maintains – Antonio Tabucchi –
                     English Translation by Patrick Creagh            
June             The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes                
July               Snowdrops – A.D. Miller                        
September    One Day – David Nicholls                    
October        Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels                
November     Mercy – Jussi Adler-Olsen

The books we read in 2011:

January        The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen                                   
February      The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
March           Old Filth – Jane Gardam                                                           
April              Spies – Michael Frayn                                     
May              The Legacy – Katherine Webb                          
June             Stuart – A life Backwards – Alexander Masters                       
July              The Help – Kathryn Stockett                                                          
September   Cloud Garden – Tom Hart Dyke/Paul Winder            
October        The Hare with Amber Eyes –Edmund de Waal               
November     The Outlander – Gil Adamson

The books we read in 2010:

January :       American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld                
February :     The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch                
March :          Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz                
April :             The Boy with the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera        
May :             Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy            
June :            The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson        
July :              Deaf Sentence by David Lodge                
September :  The Music Room by William Fiennes             
October :       The Secret River by Kate Grenville                
November :    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The books we read in 2009:

January :     The Suspicions of Mr Wicher by Kate Summerscale
February :   Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, David Pelin
March :        The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell
April :           To the Last City by Colin Thubron
May :            Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
June :          The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
July :            Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
September : The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
October :     Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
November : The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

The books we read in 2008

January :       The Sea by John Banville
February :     The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
March :          Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
April :             Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
May :              Beloved by Toni Morrison
June :             A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
July :              Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
September :   Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
October :       Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ by Paul Torday
November :   Maps of Lost Loves by Nadeem Aslam

The books we read in 2007

January :       I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
February :     Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
March :          A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
April :             All the Pretty Horses by Cormack McCarthy
May :             We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
June :            Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
July :              Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor
September :   Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer
October :       The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
November :    Blood and Sand by Frank Gardner