Book Group I – Paris Evening Group

Gosh, we have clocked up over 80 books in the nine years the group has been meeting. That’s an awful lot of wine consumed as well…


September – “The Glorious Heresies” by Lisa McInerney, 11/10

September – “The Story of a New Name/Storia del Nuovo Cognome” by Elena Ferrante, 10/10

June – “The Skeleton Road” by Val McDermid, 4/10

May – “Home” by Marilynne Robinson, 8/10

March – “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan, 9/10

February – “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward

January – “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, 10/10



December : “Fun Home “by Alison Bechdel, 7/10

November : “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante, 10/10

October : “Do No Harm ” by Henry Marsh, 10/10

Summer : “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson  &  “Lost & Found” by Brooke Davis, 7/10

June : “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan, 10/10

May – “The Thing Around Your Neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 9/10

April – “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, 10/10

March – “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier, 10/10

February – “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton, 7/10

January – “Light Years” by James Salter, 3/10



December – “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

November – “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner

October – “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

September – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

June – “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

May – “The Misogynist” by Piers Paul Read

March – “They Eat Horses Don’t They” by Piu Marie Eatwell

February – “The Method” by Juli Zeh

January – “Wedlock” by Wendy Moore



December – Short stories by Alice Munro

November – “My Notorious Life” by Kate Manning

October – “Expo 58” by Jonathon Coe

September – “NW” by Zadie Smith & “The Lighthouse” by Alison Moore

May – “The Yacoubian Building” by Alaa Al Aswany

April – “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway

March – “The Greenhouse” by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

February – “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood

January – “Beware of Pity” by Stefan Zweig



November – “The Map of Love” by Ahdaf Soueif

October – “The Siege” by Helen Dunmore

Summer – “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell & “The Interpretation of Murder” by Jed Rubenfeld

June – “Rozencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard

May – “The Waste Land” by T. S. Eliot

April – “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

March – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua

January – “The Grass is Singing” by Doris Lessing



November – “Great House” by Nicole Krauss

October – “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Walle

September – “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver

Summer – “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim” by Jonathon Coe & “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad

June – “Room” by Emma Donoghue

May- “The Dream Life of Sukhanov” by Olga Grushin

April – “One Day” by David Nicholls

March – “Joe Speedboat” by Tommy Wieringa

January – “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer



December – “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

November – “Perfume” by Patrick Suskind

October – “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

September – “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

May – “The Sound of Butterflies” by Rachel King

April – “The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett

March – “L’Élégance du Hérisson” by Muriel Barbery

January – “The World that was Ours” by Hilda Bernstein



November – “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides

October – “Nine Parts of Desire” by Geraldine Brooks

September – “The Crimson Petal and the White” by Michel Faber

June – “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adam

April – “Case Histories” by Kate Atkinson

March – “The Girls” by Lori Lansens

February – “Restless” by William Boyd

January – “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga



December – “Awake in the Dark” by Shira Nayman

November – “The Post-Birthday World” by Lionel Shriver

October – “Blindness” by José Saramago

Summer – “Brick Lane” by Monica Ali & “Independent People” by Halldor Laxness

June – “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

May – “The Ginger Tree” by Oswald Wynd

April – “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

March – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini & “Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky

2015 Images taken from here and here and here.  2014 Images taken from here and here and here.  2013 Images taken from here and here and here.  2012 Images taken from here and here and here.  2011 Images taken from here and here and here.   2010 Images taken from here and here and here.  2009 Images taken from here and here and here.   2008 Images taken from here and here and here.
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14 Responses to Book Group I – Paris Evening Group

  1. jenp27 says:

    You’ve read some good books with you group! We call our book club the wine and sometimes book group because we drink a lot wine when we meet.

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  2. Kay says:

    Must send our brighton book list – so many books in common – but some gems here we haven’t shared xx

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    • Hi Kay, please please do when you get a moment – would love to share them and “cross fertilise” as it were. Just seen that “Do No Harm” is shooting up the NY best selling list, that was your first book group recommendation you passed on to me and still one of my best reads of the last few months. More of the same, please, awaiting with bated breath xxx


  3. Kay says:

    Was the book ‘ they eat horses don’t they’ a film in the eighties ?

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  4. Denise says:

    What a wide variety of books too.

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  5. Hi Denise – we all agree at the book group that the beauty is that we are often led to read books we might never otherwise pick up off the shelves. It’s amazing to see what we have tucked under our belts along the way! Nicola x


  6. susan says:

    I look forward to taking time over your bookclub list. This year each of our group’s members had clocked up 10 books each and we had a top ten favourites vote, I’ll look it up if you’re interested, and I would be interested in a similar poll from your group!? S xx

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  7. FictionFan says:

    What a great list! Sometimes with book clubs I feel that I’d be reading stuff I didn’t really want to at least half the time, but I must say I could work my way through your list quite happily. Several there that I’ve enjoyed over the years, and many more that I wish I’d got around to – maybe one day!

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  8. Hi – We all agreed some titles we’d have left off our individual wish lists, but the great thing about meeting once every four/six weeks is that the discussion from one read often led to all sorts of interesting debates, so I don’t think any of us ever felt perpetually frustrated. And there have been some GREAT reads amongst this lot too. Will keep this post updated with the forthcoming reads – a kind of virtual book group is born! Nicolax


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