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 each month. Until the College reopens, we will be holding book club meetings online by video conference (Zoom). There is no charge to join a Zoom meeting. All those on the book club mailing list will receive a link to join each month's Zoom meeting. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, please reply to one of the Clare Hall ‘This Week’s Events’ emails, putting the following as the email title I would like to join the Book Club mailing list

Next books for discussion in 2020:​​

5 May - L’assomoir (sometimes translated as The Dram Shop or The Drinking Den) by Emile Zola; 1877

2 June - Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond, 1997

7 July - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. 

4 August - The scandalous 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Laclos

Recent books:

  • The Man who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton (1908)
  • Solaris, the science fiction classic by Stanislaw Lem
  • Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman.
  • Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante (1957) 
  • Requiem, by Antonio Tabucchi
  • On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees
  • Oedipus at Colonus, one of Sophocles’ Theban plays
  • Memoirs of Hadrian, a 1951 novel by Marguerite Yourcenar
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Years by Annie Ernaux
  • 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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