World Book Club Around the world in 12 titles

World Book Club
Around the world in 12 titles 2020 - 21
A monthly book group in north London that reads and discusses contemporary literature 
(currently via Zoom) 

£90 for six months


September: The Quarter by Naguib Mahfouz, translated by Roger Allen (Saqi) EGYPT 


October: Girl by Edna O Brien (Faber) IRELAND /NIGERIA


November: Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque, translated by Allison Entrekin (Atlantic Books) BRAZIL


December: Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, translated by Labodalih Sembiring (Verso) INDONESIA 


January: People from my Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Ted Goossen (Granta) JAPAN


February: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions) ITALY

Previous titles include:

Love by By Hanne ├śrstavik, NORWAY; Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda, LIBYA; Silk By Alessandro Baricco, ITALY/JAPAN; El Llano in Flames by Juan Rulfo, MEXICO; The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee, SOUTH AFRICA; The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, INDIA; A Life’s Music by Andrei Makine, RUSSIA/FRANCE; Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje, CANADA/SRI LANKA; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, PAKISTAN; Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, NIGERIA; Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, CHINA; Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, MEXICO.

Thursdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm

£90 for 6 months
£15 drop in. Those who pay for 6 months in advance will take precedence if I get any freebies from the publishers and /or if a session becomes full.

Thursday 3 September 
Thursday 1 October
Thursday 5 November 
Thursday 3 December
Thursday 7 January                                                                                           
Thursday 4 February 

Who is the group for?
All those interested in international contemporary fiction and with a desire to discover new authors from a diverse range of countries and cultures. 

Also for aspiring writers: regular reading is crucial to fire the imagination, explore language and develop your own writing skills.
You do not need to have studied literature to enjoy reading and examining fiction in a relaxed, safe environment. The course is aimed at improving your analytical skills and widening your literary knowledge, but it is also intended to be a fun setting where you can enjoy and share your love of good books. This will be a culturally diverse experience. You will read a wide range of contemporary novels by international writers from Juan Pablo Villalobos (Mexico), Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria) to Dai Sije (China) and Hanne ├śrstavik (Norway) These are short books/quick reads; generally under 200 pages.