Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
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Group Coordinator:  Chris Holifield and Barbara Noakes 

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

The group usually meets in a private house near Holloway Road/Caledonian Road Station, but sometimes in other members’ homes

Book Group 6 had its first meeting in February 2017 when the members discussed Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, the choice of Susan Loppert, the original Coordinator, at its inaugural meeting.

Susan, 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 Scot, one Australian and one South African.
Now in its sixth year, nothing significant has changed regarding format and style, and most of the original members are still in the group.
Every month a member chooses a book, which is agreed by the group, and leads the discussion on her choice; books are chosen a month or two 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 500 pages.

Most of our choices have been fiction, with an occasional non-fiction title, mostly biography.

Book Group 6 is not currently looking for new members.

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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