Book Club

A small, friendly group that meets once a term (usually on the second Monday of the term) to discuss a book chosen by the group – see the school website for our current book and all the previous books we have read.

No need to enrol just meet us in the Library.  Please ring the office for directions and a map.

Next Meeting - Monday 15th January 2018 at 8.00pm

Bookclub the rising

When Margaret Dempsey, daughter of a prosperous town merchant, falls in love with Michael Carty, son of a Fenian farmer, her family strongly disapprove. Bound closer by adversity, the couple enter their married life idealistic, yet innocent. 

Soon, however, their idyll is threatened, as Michael finds himself drawn into the struggle for Irish independence. Revolutionary movements bring the outside world crashing in on them, threatening all they hold dear. In 1916, Margaret fights to keep their growing family safe against the odds.
Told in prose of extraordinary clarity, The Rising is a profoundly moving love story that delves deep into the mindset of Irish Republicanism, along with the complex social relationships of town and country during that era. An engrossing account of family, memory, history and belonging.





Meeting dates 2017-18:

- February 26th
- April 23rd
- June 11th

Previous Reads:

  • The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
  • The Seige, Helen Dunmore
  • Redemption, Kay Langdale
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • Anita and Me, Meera Syal
  • The Island, Victoria Hislop
  • Norwegian Wood, Haruki Marakami
  • Dandelion Soup, Babs Horton
  • Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • I’m Not Scared, Niccolo Ammaniti
  • Suite Francaise, I Nemirovsky
  • Hidden Lives, M Forster
  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, S Larsson
  • When A Crocodile Eats The Sun, P Godwin
  • Fair Stood The Wind For France, H E Bates
  • Small Island, Andrea Levy
  • Half-truths & White Lies, Jane Davis
  • The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
  • Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh
  • Sense and Sensiblity, Jane Austen
  • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville
  • Blacklands, Belinda Bauer
  • One Day, David Nicholls
  • The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary Pearson
  • Mister God, This is Anna, Fynn
  • The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
  • The Anatomy of Ghosts, Andrew Taylor
  • Pereira Maintains, Antonio Tabucchi
  • Before I Go To Sleep, S. J. Watson
  • The Auschwitz Violin, M. Angels Anglada
  • The Music Room, W. Fiennes
  • Me Before You, J. Moyes
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  • Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, Kate Summerscale
  • Pure, Andrew Miller
  • Almost French, Sarah Turnbull
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  • The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier
  • Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
  • There but for the, Ali Smith
  • The Captain's Daughter, Leah Fleming
  • The Captain's Daughter, Alexander Pushkin
  • Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson and Rod Bradbury
  • The Savage Garden, Mark Mills
  • Regeneration, Pat Barker
  • Short Stories for Women : Life, compiled by Victoria Hislop
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  • Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
  • Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
  • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • This Boy by Alan Johnson
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • Exposure by Helen Dunmore
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Seamstress, María Dueñas
  • Cartes Postales From Greece, Victoria Hislop