Book Club

Have fun reading books, discussing books…and possibly sipping cocktails…with the two Bath WI Book Clubs!

Bath WI Book Club 1: 2020-21

Sept – Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Oct – This Green and Pleasant Land – Ayisha Malek
Nov – Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shepherd
Jan – Grandmothers – Sally Vickers
Feb – Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams
March – The Truants – Kate Weinberg
April – Lady in Waiting – Anne Glenconner
May – Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
June – Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell
July – The Golden Rule – Amanda Craig
August – The Cazalet Chronicles Vol 1 – Elizabeth Jane Howard
Sept – A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Oct – Deacon King Kong – James McBride

Bath WI Book Club 2: 2020-21

In addition to some of the above, Book Club 2 members are reading the following:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez
Once upon a river – Diane Setterfield
The Binding – Bridget Collins
The Confession – Jessie Burton
Floreana – Margret Wittmer

The Bath WI Book Club is open to members of the Bath WI. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Blathwayt Arms. If you’d like to come along, do get in touch – we’d love to see you and are always recruiting new members.

Joining the book club does not commit you to reading every book or coming to every meeting; it is fine to drop in as and when a book appeals to you. Sometimes we also watch the DVD when a book has been made in to a film, to compare notes.

If you’d like more information about our Bath WI Book Club or to join the Bath WI please email


Coming soon…

appletree-usApril: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage, but when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

hopeMay: Hope, a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

Solomon Kugel has had enough of the past and its burdens. So, in the hope of starting afresh, he moved his family to a small rural town where nothing of import has ever happened. Sadly, Kugel’s life isn’t that simple. His family soon find themselves threatened by a local arsonist and his ailing mother won’t stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she didn’t actually suffer through. And when, one night, Kugel discovers a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse.

The-boys-in-a-boatJune: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past.  What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory at the heart of Hitler’s Berlin. Stroke by stroke, a remarkable young man strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others – and to find his way back home.  Told against the backdrop of the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction of the first order; a personal story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty that rises above the grand sweep of history, and captures instead the purest essence of what it means to be alive.

61e7L1SJZpL._SX300_July: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

fundamentlistAugust: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

‘Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard I am a lover of America…’ So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldly than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tell you hi story, of how he embraced the Western dream and a Western woman and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear… About The Author Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Moth Smoke, his first novel, was published in ten languages, won a Betty Trask Award, was a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has written about world politics from a Muslim perspective for Time, the New York Times.

skinSeptember: Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built and alone?

Pick up a book and join in!

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