World Book Club Around the world in 12 titles

World Book Club
Around the world in 12 titles 2021
A monthly book group in north London that reads and discusses contemporary literature 
(currently via Zoom) 

£90 for six months / £15 per session

Meet first Thursday of the month, 2.30pm

£90 for six months - those that sign up for 6 months have priority to receive a free copy of  

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat (stories)

The Brothers by Asko Salhberg 

A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea


My Sweet Orange Tree by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos


MarchEverything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, stories (Riverrun) HAITI (Meet Thursday 4 March 2.30pm) 219pp


April: Ali and Nino Kurban Said (Penguin) AZERBAIJAN (Thurs 1 April, 2.30pm) 237pp


May: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury) PAKISTAN (Thurs 6 May, 2.30pm)  288pp


June:  The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg, translated by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah (Peirene Press) FINLAND (Thurs 3 June, 2.30pm) 122pp


July:  A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Gallic Books) FRANCE (Thurs 1 July, 2.30pm) 170pp


August: My Sweet Orange Tree by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos transl by Alison Entrekin (Pushkin Press) BRAZIL (Thurs 5 August, 2.30pm)  182pp


Previous titles include:

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions) ITALY; The Quarter by Naguib Mahfouz, translated by Roger Allen (Saqi) EGYPT; Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, translated by Labodalih Sembiring (Verso) INDONESIA; People from my Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Ted Goossen (Granta) JAPAN; Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque, translated by Alison Entrekin (Atlantic Books) BRAZIL; Girl by Edna O Brien (Faber) IRELAND/NIGERIA; 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.


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.