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The Duns Tew Book Club


The Book Club meets every four to five weeks.   No set day as we try and accommodate the diaries of the majority.  Some of us have been ‘reading’ together for 15 or so years.  Over this period numbers have varied from a core of half a dozen to the current peak in the mid- teens,  mainly, but not exclusively, women.

We like to think our choices are eclectic – and at a recent meeting agreed that ‘rural and sophisticated’ was an apt description of our group.  There is no pressure to have read all or any of the book beforehand – we subscribe to the view that you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

Very occasionally we have a guest speaker – and although we try to be a bit structured, we aren’t worried if we go off at a tangent.

The Book of the Month can be chosen by a member, or sometimes it is what the library has sent.   We’ve read Isabel Allende, Julien Barnes, Charles Dickens, Colin Dexter, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pulman and P G Wodehouse.  Reads over the years have included

Cichiehimananda Ngozi Adichie – Purple Hibiscus

Pat Barker – Regeneration

Jostein Gaarder – The Christmas Mystery

Robert Harris – Pompeii

Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera

Haruki Murakami –  The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

V S Naipaul – A Bend in the River

Ian McEwan – Enduring Love

Marilynne Robinson –  Gilead

Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Amy Tan – The Kitchen God’s Wife

Sally Vickers – Miss Garnet’s Angel

Clarissa Dickson Wright – Spilling the Beans



Come and join us


Book Club

Carol Shadwell

01869 340632  or


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