We are a thriving Independent Historic Library and Educational Charity, welcoming new members of all ages.
We are open as usual: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
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Members’ Book Group

Our members' book group has been running successfully for many years. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 2.30pm - 4.00pm at the Institution. We are a member run group and choose our book selection at the end of the year for the year ahead, all members of the group are encouraged to make suggestions.

The group is currently at capacity, but if you would like to join our waiting list or find out more about the group the contact email is listed below.  Here is the 2024 book list, you can always read along.

Each year a book list is compiled by taking suggestions from members, which are then put to a vote.  The final list is circulated to members at the beginning of the year.  There is a wide variety of genres and authors catering for different tastes and interests.

2024 Book List

Date Title Author(s)
January 9th The True Deceiver Tove Jansson
February 13th Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe Judith Herrin
March 12th The Conductor Sarah Quigley
April 9th Old God’s Time Sebastian Barry
May 14th The Queen of Dirt Island Donal Ryan
June 11th The Elephant’s Journey Jose Saramago & Margaret Costa
July 9th Miss Garnet’s Angel Salley Vickers
August 13th Lessons in Chemistry Bonnie Garmus
September 10th The Dictionary of Lost Words Pip Williams
October 8th Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk Kathleen Rooney
November 12th Violeta Isabel Allende
December 10th Matrix Lauren Groff

2023 Book List

January 10th The Comedians Graham Greene
February 11th An Instance of the Fingerpost Ian Pears
March 14th The Island of Missing Trees Elif Shafak
April 11th The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Giorgio Bassani
May 9th Hotel du Lac. Anita Brookner
June 13th The Sea Change Elizabeth Jane Howard
July 11th The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
August 8th The Lincoln Highway Amor Towles
September 12th Spiderweb Penelope Lively
October 10th A Game of Hide and Seek Elizabeth Taylor
November 14th Golden Hill Francis Spufford
December 12th Mudlarking Lara Maiklem

If you would like to enquire about joining the Book Group waiting list, please contact Clare Radstone via [email protected] .