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Book Groups

Shetland (Face)Book Group

Death on a Shetland Isle book cover NEW for Book Week Scotland 2019 - a group that meets both online and offline to talk about a Shetland novel. We meet on 21 November 2019 at 6pm in the Library, and on our Facebook page. Find out how to take part on the club page.


Book Group Sets

Need copies for your own book group? This is a PDF list of some books we have in mulitple copies. You should also check our local collection - we can provide multiple copies of most Shetland books.


Hurricane Book Club

Our biggest book club is back! The Hurricane Book Club is being run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being held at Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries throughout 2020. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter.

*NEW* for 2020 season - the group will be getting the exclusive opportunity to read pre-published novels and form their opinions on them before anyone else.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday 27 February at 6pm, where we will be discussing ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow, due for publication in January.

The second book, to be discussed on Thursday 30th April, will be ‘The Animals at Lockwood Manor’ by Jane Healey, due for release in March.  We will be concluding this season on Thursday 25th June, where we will be talking about Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s ‘Blood & Sugar’, to be published in January.

If you would like to join us, or if you would like to know more, please contact

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

Thursday 30 April 2020

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Thursday 25 June 2020

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson


Saturday Slaughters

Shetland Library teamed up with Orkney Library and Archive to launch 'Saturday Slaughters' in March 2015. The book group initially invited readers to read and discuss novels by the bestselling crime authors visiting for Shetland Noir in November 2015. Now the group are continuing, reading a varied selection of crime fiction’s finest.

The group is now fully subscribed and meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 2pm -3pm in the Old Library Centre. If you are interested in joining our waiting list, please contact Marghie at the Library.

Saturday Slaughters reading list


University of the third age book group

The independent U3A group meets monthly in Islesburgh - find out more on the U3A Shetland book group website or call Larraine Gray on 01595 840517


South Mainland book group - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This is another independent group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Sumburgh Hotel.

New members are welcome - contact Check their reading lists below.

2020 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2019 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2018 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2017 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2016 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)


Lunch with Dickens

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century. The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children’s novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens. The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information (01595 694688 or )

Reading list for 2020:

Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
Phoebe Junior Margaret Oliphant
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
A pair of blue eyes Thomas Hardy
Water Babies Charles Kingsley
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Conningsby Benjamin Disraeli
Secret Agent Conrad

Lunch with Dickens Reading List -the first 10 years


Lerwick Book Group

The Lerwick book group meets at the Library in Lerwick, but will be meeting at Islesburgh in 2020 during library refurbishment. Meetings are very informal, and members take turns to choose the books to read. New members are welcome: just come along, or contact Karen or Marghie at the library if you want to join the mailing list.


Lerwick Book Group: next meetings and what we're reading...

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

CANCELLED - Tuesday 17 March 2020, 7.30pm

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

Chosen by: June

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Tuesday 14 April 2020, 7.30pm

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Chosen by: Anna

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Tuesday 12 May 2020, 7.30pm

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Chosen by: Karen


Lerwick Book Group: list of everything else we've read...

Lerwick Book Group and the Man Booker project in 2006


'Based on the Book'

How many times have you had discussions about whether a film was better or worse than the book it was adapted from? The Based on the Book group which ran during 2014 watched a film, read the book and then discussed both. The group has come to an end but if you would like to organise something similar, come and speak to us at the Library about borrowing the books and DVDs you need.


Last Updated on 18 March 2020

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