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Here is the latest reading programme for the Richmond Hill Reading group to take us up to the end of March – and a few of the ideas that didn’t make it to the list (but might next time?)

For any other visitors to the site – we read and discuss a wide range of novels, short stories and poetry, widen our horizons and revisit modern classics.

Drop in and join us any Tuesday. Upstairs at the Roebuck pub on Richmond Hill 7 pm.

As usual, a sequence of 4 topics in order of: Poetry; Short stories; Theme; Novel

  • Where a month results in 5 Tuesdays, the fifth will be an “open session”, with attendees sharing individual recommendations and views on books in general (ie, 31st March)

13/1/15 Poetry             D.H. Lawrence

20/1/15 Short stories   Hilary Mantel “Learning to Talk”

27/1/15 Theme            Evocation of place (under any heading)

03/2/15 Novel              Jhumpa Lahiri “The Lowland”

10/2/15 Poetry             The Romantics

17/2/15 Short stories    Richard Yates “Eleven Kinds of Loneliness”

24/2/15 Theme            Passage(s) that have made you cry

03/3/15 Novel             Claire Messud “The Woman Upstairs”

10/3/15 Poetry            Dylan Thomas (100th anniversary of his birth – Oct., 2014)

17/3/15 Short stories   Lorrie Moore “Bark”

24/3/15 Theme           Particularly vivid portrayal(s) of family members

31/3/15 Open session – recommendations, wide-ranging readers’ discussion

07/4/15 Novel             Evelyn Waugh “Put Out More Flags”

14/4/15 Poetry            Sinead Morrissey “Parallax”

21/4/15 Short stories   Lydia Davis “The Collected Stories”

Other titles highly recommended: “Marriage Material”, Sathnam Sangheer; “The Quickening Maze”, Adam Faulds; “Girls of Slender Means”, Muriel Spark; ”; ”Soumission”, Michel Houellebecq – “Submission”, translation out in English by Heinemann soon; “Butcher’s Crossing”, John Williams; “The Dubliners”, James Joyce; “Sweet Water”, Edith Pearlman; “Flappers”, Josephine Mackrell; “The Miniaturist”, Jessie Burton; poetry by Michael Donaghy.