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Book Groups

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.


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

Saturday Slaughters group in Orkney - what are they reading?


University of the third age book group

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


South Mainland book group

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.

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 occasional exceptions are made. The members agree to read a few 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 )

Lunch with Dickens Reading List


Lerwick Book Group

The Lerwick book group meets at the Old Library Centre in Lerwick. Meetings are very informal, and members take turns to choose the books to read. New members are welcome: just contact Karen or Marghie here at the library if you want to join.


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

Midwinter break by Bernard Maclaverty

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 7.30pm

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Chosen by: Briony

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7.30pm

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Chosen by: Karen

And Darkness Fell by Christian S Tait

Tuesday 22 January 2018, 7.30pm

And Darkness Fell by Christian S Tait

Chosen by:


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 30 October 2018

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