Book Club

All Clare Hall members and their partners are invited to join the Clare Hall book club. We discuss a book every month, and you can come as regularly or as occasionally as you like. 

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month, in the King Room (unless otherwise stated) from 8 pm to around 9:15 pm.  If no venue is given, please ask at the Porters' Lodge.​

Next books for discussion in 2019:​​

  • Tuesday, 2 July 
    The Years by Annie Ernaux (published in French in 2008, recently translated into English)

  • Tuesday, 6 August
    His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, a 2015 novel set in the highlands of Scotland in 1869



Recent books:

  • Stoner by John Williams​
  • Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams (2017) by neuroscientist Matthew Walker
  • Love's Work, a 1995 memoir by philosopher and sociologist Gillian Rose
  • Chekhov, The Duel, a novella published in 1891
  • ​​​The Makioka Sisters by Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki (1944)
  • Reeds in the Wind (1913) by Sardinian Nobel prize winner Grazia Deledda
  • The Summer Book, a 1972 novel in Swedish by the Finnish writer Tove Jansson
  • The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain, a new book by Damian Le Bas
  • South from Granada by Gerald Brenan, a 1957 account of the author’s years living in an Andalucian village
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
  • Half a Yellow Sun by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narziss and Goldmund by Nobel prize winner Hermann Hesse
  • The Devil's Dance, a recent novel originally written in Uzbek by Hamid Ismailov
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (a British writer of Japanese parentage)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s semi-autobiographical 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night
  • Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White, Australian Nobel Prize winner
  • The Red Haired Woman by Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk
  • For Two Thousand Years, a 1934 novel by Romanian author Mihail Sebastian
  • A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram Shandy
  • The Other Side of Eden by anthropologist Hugh Brody
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a 1958 novel on the coming of imperialism in Africa

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