LoppertDiscussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Group Coordinator:  Susan Loppert 

The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm.

The group meets in a private house near Caledonian Park/Caledonian Road Station.

The most recently-formed iU3A book group had its first meeting in February 2017 when the eight (now nine) members discussed Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, the choice of Susan Loppert, the group co-ordinator, at its inaugural meeting.

Book Group 6 — all women, as it happens (the only male member dropped out before the first meeting) — has no particular ethos. The co-ordinator, although a passionate reader and book lover, had never been a member of a book group, and although several of the members had been, we are finding our way as we go along. We are a cosmopolitan and metropolitan group — this is Islington, after all — comprising singles, grandmothers, divorcées, and including, inter alia, lawyers, journalists, teachers, one American, three Scots, one Australian, one South African.

Every month a member chooses a book and leads the discussion on her choice; books are chosen three months in advance so that members can plan their reading. Eight months in, with the (controversial) choice of Hanya Yanigihara’s A Little Life in September, we decided that no choice should exceed 700 pages.

Book Group 6 has no particular ethos or philosophy, but it will be obvious from the choices of the first year that members are politically and socially conscious and aware (this is Islington, after all!). Most of the first year’s choices have been politically-charged fiction, with one biography. We decided, early on, that although no member’s choice could be challenged or contradicted, members could, if they so wished, decide not to read that particular month’s choice.

Eight months in, we are a dedicated and cohesive group, who have already chosen to meet for a group outing to the Rose Theatre in Kingston for the theatrical realisation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (the April book choice), and at a member’s house for a bibulous summer party, with partners/friends — and, we hope, next year — children; and although not yet officially planned, we expect to raise a glass or two for Xmas 2017 and the new year…

Book Group 6 - Year One

February Philip Roth The Plot Against America Susan Loppert
March George Orwell 1984 Mary-Ann Peters
April Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend Lucy Hodges
June Sebastian Barry Days Without End Barbara Nokes
July Muriel Spark The Driver’s Seat & Aiding & Abetting Hilary Sands
August Kazuo Ishiguro Remains of the Day compared with:

Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach Pat McGinley
September Hanya Yanigihara A Little Life Effric Smith
October Artemis Cooper Elizabeth Jane Howard — A Dangerous Innocence Chris Holifield
November Sam Bourne To Kill the President Sally Fox
December Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad Susan Loppert








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