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High Ham Book Group

We meet about every 6 weeks to discuss a book chosen by one of the group. We meet informally at someone's house where drinks are served and discussion begins. The host chooses the next book - mainly fiction covering a wide range of genres, and occasionally non-fiction and poetry. We always find time to talk about current news, both UK/local and international - but it's been difficult to avoid mention of Brexit and Trump in the last year!

Update: our March gathering was 'virtual' - courtesy of Zoom - a great use of technology to keep us together, and our spirits raised.

Please email Anne Bond if you are interested in joining the group

July 29th book choice: 'West' - Carys Davies, and 'Beloved' - Toni Morrison

Books read so far - in no particular order:

Now we Shall be Entirely Free - Andrew Miller                    Miss Oliphant is Perfectly Fine - Gail Honeyman

Daphne - Justine Picardie                                                    Summer's Lease - John Mortimer

Slow Horses - Mick Herron                                                  Uncommon Types - Tom Hanks

Wool - Hugh Howey                                                             An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

The Running Hare - John Lewis Stempel                            Punishment - Anne Holt

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller                                The Story of Lucy Gault - William Trevor

Six Weeks - John Lewis-Stempel                                        Regeneration - Pat Barker                                                   

The Little Paris’s Bookshop  - Nina George                        The Wife - Meg Wolitzer

The Hare With the Amber Eyes - Edmund de Wall             Resevoir 13 - Jon McGregor

Blood and Beauty - Sarah Dunant                                      Tess of the D'Urbervilles  - Thomas Hardy

Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Conner                                     No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod

Sebastian Barry - On Canaan's Side                                  Elizabeth Jane Howard - The Light years

Kate Atkinson - Life After Life                                             Pat Barker - Blow Your House Down

Michael Faber - The Book of Strange New Things             Katzuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant

Patrick Gale - Notes on an Exhibition                                 Elena Ferrante - My Brilliant Friend

Jo Jo Moyes - Me Before You                                            Tove Jannson - The True Deceiver/ The Summer Book

Alexander Eden - The Proof of Heaven                             Ian McEwan - Sweet Tooth

Alison Weir - Katherine Swynford                                      Diane Setterfield - The 13th Tale

John Williams - Stoner                                                       Chris Cleave - The Other Hand

Andrew Marr - Head of State                                             James Runcie - The Colour of Heaven                    

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief                                        Robert Harris - An Officer and a Spy

Deborah Levy - Hot Milk                                                   Robert James Walker - The Bridges of Madison County

Simon Armitage - Walking Home                                      Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists

BBC Books - The Nation's Favourite Poems                    Bruce Chatwin - On the Black Hill    

Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain                                        A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

Miriam Toews - All My Puny Sorrows                               The Other Einstein - Marie Benedict