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Lerwick Book Group: what we're reading

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

BY EMAIL - Tuesday 17 March 2020, 7.30pm

Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

Chosen by: June

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

BY EMAIL - Tuesday 14 April 2020, 7.30pm

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Chosen by: Anna

Border by Kapka Kassabova

BY EMAIL - Tuesday 12 May 2020, 7.30pm

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Chosen by: Karen


Lerwick Book Group and the Man Booker project in 2006


Everything else the group has read since 2006!


February 2020

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Karen's choice)

January 2020

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (Kathleen's choice)

December 2019

Educated by Tara Westover (Ruairidh's choice)

November 2019

East of Croydon by Sue Perkins (Briony's choice)

October 2019

The Valley at the Centre of the World by Malachy Tallack (Ruairidh's choice)

September 2019

And the land lay still by James Robertson (John's choice)

August 2019

Normal People by Sally Rooney (June's choice)

July 2019

Where my heart used to beat by Sebastian Faulks (Kenneth's choice)

June 2019

Perfume by Patrick Suskind (Karen's choice)

May 2019

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting (Ruairidh's choice)

April 2019

The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Kathleen's choice)

March 2019

The Well of Loneliness by Radclffe Hall (Briony's choice)

February 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman (Karen's choice)

January 2019

And Darkness Fell by Christian S. Tait (Karen's choice)

December 2018

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Karen's choice)

November 2018

Midwinter break by Bernard Maclaverty (Briony's choice)

October 2018

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Thelma's choice)

September 2018

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (Briony's choice)

August 2018

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle (Karen's choice)

July 2018

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance (June's choice)

June 2018

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Kenneth's choice)

May 2018

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (Marghie's choice)

April 2018

Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown (Andy's choice)

March 2018

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Karen's choice)

February 2018

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Kathleen's choice)

January 2018

Meeting Cancelled

December 2017

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (June's choice)

November 2017

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Nicky's choice)

October 2017

60 Degress North by Malachy Tallack (Marghie's choice)

September 2017

The Lie by Helen Dunmore (Sue's choice)

August 2017

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (John's choice)

July 2017

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Karen's choice)

June 2017

Imperium by Robert Harris (Kenneth's choice)

May 2017

Paris Spring by James Naughtie (June's choice)

April 2017

Go set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Kathleen's choice)

March 2017

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Marghie's choice)

February 2017

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Andy's choice)

January 2017

Dirt Road by James Kelman (Sue's choice)

November 2016

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (June's choice)

October 2016

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (Marghie's choice)

September 2016

Saturday by Ian McEwan (Karen's choice)

August 2016

Mr Norris changes trains by Christopher Isherwood (Kenneth's choice)

July 2016

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi (Morag's choice)

June 2016

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (Karen's choice)

May 2016

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Kathleen's choice)

April 2016

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Nicky's choice)

March 2016

Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie (Marghie's choice)

February 2016

The Island by Victoria Hislop (Mairi's choice)

January 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir (Andy's choice)

December 2015

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (June's choice)

November 2015

The Pumpkin Easter by Penelope Mortimer (Joanna's choice)

October 2015

A possible life by Sebastian Faulks (Kenneth's choice)

September 2015

As I walked out one midsummer morning by Laurie Lee (Karen's choice)

August 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Morag's choice)

July 2015

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Kathleen's choice)

June 2015

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Marghie's choice)

May 2015

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin (John's choice)

April 2015

The Day is dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Margaret's choice)

March 2015

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (June's choice)

February 2015

The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh (Karen's choice)

January 2015

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Kenneth's choice)

December 2014

The Fear Index by Robert Harris (Kathleen's choice)

November 2014

Wegener's Jigsaw by Clare Dudman (Marghie's choice)

October 2014

Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey (Margaret's choice)

September 2014

Cod by Mark Kurlansky (John's choice)

August 2014

Thin Wealth by Robert Alan Jamieson (Karen's choice)

July 2014

Longbourn by Jo Baker (June's choice)

June 2014

Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Kenneth's choice)

May 2014

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Kathleen's choice)

April 2014

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Andy's choice)

March 2014

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith (Jen's choice)

February 2014

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Margaret's choice)

January 2014

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Morag's choice)

December 2013

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote and Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. (Marghie's choice)

November 2013

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (Karen's choice)

October 2013

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (Kenneth's choice)

September 2013

Vinter's Luck by Elizabeth Knox (Ireni's choice)

August 2013

Dreams from my father by Barack Obama (June's choice)

July 2013

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Andy's choice)

June 2013

Pure by Andrew Miller (Morag's choice)

May 2013

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (Kathleen's choice)

March 2013

Terror in the Arctic by Bjarnhild Tulloch (Karen's choice)

February 2013

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (Kenneth's choice)

January 2013

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday (Richard's choice)

November 2012

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Margaret's choice)

October 2012

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (Marghie's choice)

September 2012

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver (Lorraine's choice)

August 2012

The Spy who came in from the Cold by John le Carre (Karen's choice)

July 2012

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Grizel's choice)

June 2012

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (Andy's choice)

May 2012

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Kathleen's choice)

April 2012

And then forever by Christine De Luca (June's choice)

March 2012

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Marghie's choice)

February 2012

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

January 2012

Peace by Richard Bausch (Andy's choice)

November 2011

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (June's choice)

October 2011

The Sea, the sea by Iris Murdoch (Karen's choice)

September 2011

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (Morag's choice)

August 2011

Islanders by Margaret Elphinstone AND Thief of Time by John Boyne

July 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue (Jen's choice)

June 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Kathleen's choice)

May 2011

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Janet's choice)

April 2011

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry ( Marghie's choice)

March 2011

Testimony by Anita Shreve (June's choice)

February 2011

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (Andy's choice)

January 2011

One Day by David Nicholls (Janet's choice)

December 2010

Small Island by Andrea Levy (Helen's choice)

November 2010

The Girl on the landing by Paul Torday (Margaret's choice)

October 2010

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee (Marghie's choice)

September 2010

On the Beach by Nevil Shute (Janet's choice)

August 2010

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (June's choice)

July 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Morag's choice)

June 2010

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (Andy's choice)

May 2010

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason (Caroline's choice)

April 2010

Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy (Karen's choice)

March 2010

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant (Morag's choice)

February 2010

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Janet's choice)

January 2010

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (June's choice)

December 2009

The Key by Junichiro Tanizak (Andy's choice)

November 2009

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Morag's choice)

October 2009

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (Kathleen's choice)

September 2009

Felicia's Journey by William Trevor (Janet's choice)

August 2009

Orchid Fever by Eric Hansen (Anne's choice)

July 2009

What I loved by Siri Hustvedt (Laura's choice)

June 2009

The Sea Road by Margaret Elphinstone (Margaret's choice)

May 2009

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Andy's choice)

April 2009

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (Thelma's choice)

March 2009

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Karen's choice)

February 2009

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Jean's choice)

January 2009

Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones (Morag's choice)

December 2008

Dubliners by James Joyce (Marghie's choice)

November 2008

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Janet's choice)

October 2008

Freedomland by Richard Price (Anne's choice)

September 2008

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell (Karen's choice)

August 2008

Peacocks Dancing by Sharon Maas (Jean's choice)

July 2008

The Second Husband by Louise Candlish (Publisher freebie)

June 2008

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

May 2008

The books of Patricia Highsmith

April 2008

Misery by Stephen King

March 2008

A variety of Central European Fiction.

February 2008

A variety of travel books.

January 2008

A variety of biographies or autobiographies.

December 2007

A Package of Measures by Jim Mainland - and other Shetland poetry

November 2007

The Reader by Bernard Schlink AND a selection of Latin American literature

October 2007

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

September 2007

Venus as a Boy by Luke Sutherland & The Stornoway Way by Kevin McNeill

August 2007

An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg

July 2007

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

June 2007

Hard Frost by R. D. Wingfield

May 2007

The books of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham

April 2007

Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller (and we went on another book group cinema trip!)

March 2007

The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

January 2007

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (because we went on a book group trip to see the film!) and

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

November/December 2006

Short stories: five shortlisted for National Short Story prize, and individual further reading.

October 2006

Our favourite childrens classics: a journey down memory lane

September 2006

The Man Booker Prize shortlist

August 2006

The Earthquake Bird & Water Lily, Susanna Jones (for a visit from the author)

July 2006

Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

June 2006

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

May 2006

Orange Prize Short List 2006

April 2006

Cloth Girl (Pre-publication), Marilyn Heward Mills

February 2006

Raven Black, Ann Cleeves

January 2006

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

December 2005

Fond Hopes Destroyed (NF), Mary Prior

November 2005

Housewife Down, Alison Penton Harper

October 2005

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

September 2005

*Christopher Brookmyre

August 2005

*Iain Banks

July 2005

Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household

June 2005

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill

May 2005

The Point of Splitting (Poetry), Sally Read

April 2005

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

*On these occasions the group didn’t all read the same book, but various books by the same author, or from a shortlist.




Last Updated on 15 April, 2020



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