The Bookworm Group is the place to come if you enjoy reading and a chance to reflect with others as well as having fun.

People who are interested in joining the Bookworm Group please e-mail Barbara at [email protected]

The Bookworm Group was formed in 1988 by Ray Adams, our minister at the time, with church members who love to read. The rationale was that people who belong to a church need to have a better idea of what and how people outside the church think, especially if they want to interact constructively with the modern world.

Since its foundation the Book Group has convened approximately every six weeks to discuss a book. Through the years its members have been introduced to new authors, books, as well as new countries and cultures outside western culture. Occasionally the Book Group has returned to a literature classic, only to discover how contemporary its themes and concerns are.

The size of the Book Group has stayed stable at approximately nine people through the years. Once every year they meet to suggest books for the following twelve months, so that every person usually contributes one book for the reading list. The reading list for 2016 is as follows:

Book CoverChosen BookAuthorSummaryDate of Meeting
Dreams from my Father Barack ObamaIn this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. 25 January 2017

Paula Spencer Roddy DoylePaula Spencer' begins on the eve of Paula's 49th birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months & five days. Her youngest children, Jack & Leanne, are still living with her. They're grand kids, but she worries about Leanne. Paula still works as a cleaner, but all the others doing the job now seem to come from Eastern Europe. 1 March 2017
Such Sweet Sorrow Catrin Collier11 April 2017
 A Foreign Country Charles CummingSix months before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell is called out of retirement and ordered to find her. With only days before the story leaks to the press, Kell must begin to piece together Levene's final movements. 24 May 2017
LilaMarilynne RobinsonLila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. 5 July 2017

A God in ruins Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In 'A God in Ruins', Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. 6 September 2017
Number 11 Jonathan CoeRachel and Alison, two girls who have come of age in an era of reality TV and social media, stalk a vividly imagined world alongside surviving characters from Coe's earlier novel 'What A Carve Up!', the classic 90s satire. Rachel, a bewildered Oxford graduate, finds herself catapulted into the world of private tutoring for the super-rich, while Alison's dreams of becoming an artist are quashed by a bitter tabloid columnist. Jonathan Coe's new novel is the story for our times: moving from the distant rumble of the Iraq War to the austerity years of the Britain we know now. Coe uses all his wit and acute powers of satire and observation to show up a mirror to our absurd and unsettling new world. 25 October 2017
Christmas Lunch at Pulcinella Restaurant,
15 Chipstead Valley Road, (to be followed with coffee and decision on next year’s books).
6 December 2017

To obtain a copy of your reading group book search the Croydon Libraries database or visit your local library:

Croydon Library Service