the books

season ten

114. ‘Mr Philips’ by John Lanchester

Chosen by John Wade

Discussed at John’s house on 12th July 2018

113. ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed in Jules’ shed on 7th June 2018

112. ‘The Beacon’ by Susan Hill

Chosen by Jonathan Allen

Discussed at Jonathan’s house on 3rd May 2018

111. ‘The Siege’ by Helen Dunmore

Chosen by John Gallagher

Discussed at John’s house on April 5th 2018

110. ‘The Utopia Experiment’ by Dylan Evans

Chosen by Tim Sharpe

Discussed on a snowy night at Tim’s house on March 1st 2018

season nine

109. ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

Chosen by Robert Bradshaw

Books 108 and 109 discussed at Steve’s house on February 1st 2018.

108. ‘Black Water Lillies’ by Michael Bussi

Chosen by Steve Gant

107. ‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry

Chosen by Peter Hawksworth

Discussed at Peter’s house on November 30th 2017

106. ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ by James Rebanks

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed at Matt’s house on November 2nd 2017

105. ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Chosen by John Neale

Discussed at The Black Horse Inn, Shipston-on-Stour, on October 5th 2017 – the very day that Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

104. ‘I Am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at Jules Tyler’s house on September 7th 2017

103. ‘The Gargoyle’ by Andrew Davidson

Chosen by Tom McElkerney

Discussed at John Gallagher’s house on July 20th 2017

102. ‘Breathing Lessons’ by Anne Tyler

Chosen by John Wade

Discussed at John’s house on June 1st 2017

101. ‘Knots and Crosses’ by Ian Rankin

Chosen by John Gallagher 

Discussed at Tom’s house on May 4th 2017

100. ‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien

Chosen by Jonathan Coe

Discussed at The Houndshill on 6th April 2017.

99. ‘Stoner’ by John Williams

Chosen by John Walsh.

Discussed at John’s house on 2nd March 2017.

98. ‘Liar’s Poker’ by Michael Lewis

Chosen by Jonathan Coley.

Discussed at Jon’s house on 9th February 2017.

97. ‘The Last Banquet’ by Jonathan Grimwood

Chosen by Jonathan Allen.

Discussed at Jonathan’s house on 5th January 2017.

96. ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan

Chosen by Tim Sharpe.

Discussed at The Houndshill on December 1st December 2016.

95. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson

Chosen by David Ingham.

Discussed at David’s house on 10th November 2016.

season eight

94. ‘All the Lonely People’ by Rupert Potter

Chosen by Tim Sharpe

Discussed at Tim’s house on 6th October 2016 with the author present.

93. ‘The Traveller’ by John Twelve Hawks

Chosen by Tom McElkerney

92. ‘Time and Time Again’ by Ben Elton

Chosen by Peter Hawksworth

Books 92 and 93 were both discussed at Tom’s house on September 1st 2016.

91. ‘The Bees’ by Laline Paull

Chosen by Steve Gant.

Discussed at Steve’s house on 14th July 2016.

90. ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’ by John le Carre

Chosen by Jonathan Allen.

Discussed at Jonathan’s house on 2nd June 2016.

89. ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad

Chosen by John Gallagher

Discussed at The Houndshill on 5th May 2016

88. ‘Company Commander’ by Russell Lewis

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at Jules’ Tyler’s house on 7th April 2016.

87. ‘The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman’ by Denis Theriault

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed at Matt Willing’s house on March 10th 2016.

86. ‘How to Live Dangerously’ by Warwick Cairns

Chosen by John Wade

Discussed at John Wade’s house on February 4th 2016 – with a live Skype Q&A session with the author.

85. ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’ by Tan Twan Eng

Chosen by John Walsh

Discussed at John Walsh’s house on January 7th 2016

84. ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

Chosen by Jon Coley

Discussed at The Houndshill on December 10th 2015

83. ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown

Chosen by John Neale

Discussed at John Neale’s house on November 12th 2015

82. ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas

Chosen by David Ingham

Discussed at David’s house on October 1st 2015

season seven

81. ‘Perfect People’ by Peter James

Chosen by Peter Hawksworth

Discussed at John Gallagher’s house on September 10th 2015

80. ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy

Chosen by John Gallagher

Discussed at John Gallagher’s house on September 10th 2015

79. ‘Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern

Chosen by Steve Faulkner-Gant

Discussed at Steve’s house on 9th July 2015

78. ‘Black Elk Speaks’ by John G Neihardt

Chosen by Tom McElkerney

Discussed at Tom’s house on June 4th 2015

77. ‘Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story’ by Peter Oborne

Chosen by Jonathan Allen

Discussed at Jonathan’s house on May 7th 2015 (an Election Night special)

76. ‘A Mind to Murder’ by P D James

Chosen by Tim Sharpe

Discussed at Tim’s house on April 9th 2015

75. ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed in Matt’s shed on March 5th 2015

74. ‘Wise Children’ by Angela Carter

Chosen by John Wade

Discussed at John’s house on February 5th 2015

73. ‘The Fight’ by Norman Mailer

Chosen by Jon Coley

Discussed at Jon’s house on January 8th 2015

and followed by a screening of the fight itself.

72. ‘Into Thin Air’ by Jon Krakauer

Chosen by Robert Bradshaw

Discussed at The Black Horse, Shipston-on-Stour on December 4th

71. ‘The Sea Wolf’ by Ian Grimble

Chosen by John Neale

Discussed at John’s house on November 6th 2014

70. ‘The Mystery of the Yellow Room’ by Gaston Leroux

Chosen by David Ingham

Discussed at David’s house on October 2nd 2014

69. ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ by Téa Obreht

Chosen by John Walsh

Discussed at Jules’ house on September 4th 2014

68. ‘The Power of One’ by Bryce Courtenay

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at Jules’ house on September 4th 2014

season six

67. ‘The Afghan Campaign’ by Steven Pressfield

Chosen by Tom McElkerney

Discussed at Tom’s house on July 3rd 2014

66. ‘Europe in the Looking Glass’ by Robert Byron

Chosen by Steve Gant

Discussed at Steve’s house on June 5th 2014

65. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

Chosen by Jon Coley

Discussed at Jon’s house on May 1st 2014

64. ‘The Wasp Factory’ by Iain Banks

Chosen by Robert Bradshaw

Discussed at The White Horse on April 3rd 2014

63. ‘Up and Down in the Dales’ by Gervase Phinn

Chosen by Peter Hawksworth

Discussed at Peter’s house on March 6th 2014

62. ‘God’s Own Country’ by Ross Raisin

Chosen by John Walsh

Discussed at John’s house on February 6th 2014

61. ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed at Matt’s house on January 9th 2014

60. ‘Don’t Point That Thing At Me’ by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Chosen by Tim Sharpe

Discussed at Tim’s house on December 12th 2013

59. ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mandel

Chosen by David Ingham

Discussed at David’s house on November 7th 2013

58. ‘On The Beach’ by Nevil Shute

Chosen by John Wade

Discussed at John’s house on October 3rd 2013

57. ‘Piece of Cake’ by Derek Robinson

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at Jules’ house on September 5th 2013

56. ‘Emperor: Gates of Rome’ by Conn Iggulden

Chosen by John Neale

Discussed at Jules’ house on September 5th 2013

55. ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Chosen by Jonathan Allen

Discussed at John Gallagher’s house on July 4th 2013

54. ‘Fatherland’ by Robert Harris

Chosen by John Gallagher

Discussed at Jonathan’s house on June 6th 2013

season five

53. ‘The Dice Man’ by Luke Rhinehart

Chosen by Peter Hawksworth

Discussed at The White Horse on May 2nd 2013

52. ‘Engleby’ by Sebastian Faulks

Chosen by Jon Coley

Discussed at Jon’s house April 4th 2013

51. ‘England, Their England’ by A G Macdonell

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at John Neale’s house March 7th 2013

50. ‘New Finnish Grammar’ by Diego Marani

Chosen by John Walsh

Discussed at Peter’s house February 7th 2013

49. ‘Hold Tight’ by Harlan Coban

Chosen by Steve Faulkner-Gant

Discussed at The White Horse on January 3rd 2013

48. ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus

Chosen by Jonathan Allen

Discussed at Jonathan’s house November 29th 2012

47. ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

Chosen by Robert Bradshaw

Discussed at John Wade’s house November 8th 2012

46. ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Alborn

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed at Matt’s house October 4th 2012

45. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follet

Chosen by David Ingham

Discussed at David’s house September 6th 2012

44. ‘Porterhouse Blue’ by Tom Sharpe

Chosen by John Neale

Discussed at The White Horse July 5th 2012

43. ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ by Jonathan Safran Foer

Chosen by Tim Sharpe

Discussed at Tim’s house June 7th 2012

11. ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

Chosen by David Ingham

Discussed at Peter Hawksworth’s house October 2009

10. ‘Slaughterhouse 5’ by Kurt Vonnegut 

Chosen by John Wade

9. ‘Churchill’s Triumph’ by Michael Dobbs

Chosen by Jonathan Allen

Both books discussed at Robert Bradshaw’s house September 2009

8. ‘A Good Man in Africa’ by William Boyd

Chosen by Jules Tyler

Discussed at Robert Bradshaw’s house July 2009

7. ‘Touching the Void’ by Joe Simpson

Chosen by Steve FG

Discussed at Steve’s house June 2009

6. ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

Chosen by Jon Coley

Discussed at Jon’s house May 2009

5. ‘Round Ireland with a Fridge’ by Tony Hawks

No one will admit to having chosen this book

Discussed at Jon Coley’s house April 2009

4. ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ian McEwan

Chosen by Matt Willing

Discussed at Matt’s house March 2009

3. ‘The Rotters’ Club’ by Jonathan Coe

Chosen by consensus

Discussed at John Walsh’s house February 2009

2. ‘Fever Pitch’ by Nick Hornby

Chosen by consensus

Discussed at Robert Bradshaw’s house January 2009

1.  ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ by Ernest Hemingway 

Chosen by consensus

Discussed at Jonathan Allen’s house December 2008

Inaugural meeting 

At John Wade’s house November 2008

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