Book Groups

Keep an eye our here for dates, times and next books for each of our book groups. Don’t forget to check out social media for updates too:


Wednesday Book Group

Date: Wednesday, 25th May 2022, 7:00 PM. Live in person from the bookshop and over Zoom!

The Island of Missing Trees – Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Literature

by Elif Shafak

It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs.

This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree.

This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart. Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence.

The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.

Our Children’s and Teen Book Groups are on Saturday, 30th April in the bookshop!

Young Bookworms (ages 6-9)

Date: Saturday, 28th May 2:00pm to 2:40pm

Reading: Solve Your Own Mystery : The Time Thief

One puzzling mystery. Several slippery suspects. Endless possibilities! Welcome to Haventry, a town where the ordinary and extraordinary collide! With ghosts, werewolves and zombies living side by side, trouble is always brewing.

The Museum of Magical Objects and Precious Stones is putting on a special time-travelling showcase, but when the main exhibit is stolen, it’s up to YOU to find the thief. 

With hundreds of paths to choose from and no dead ends, you’ll solve the mystery every time!A fantastically imaginative detective story for readers looking for an interactive adventure.

High Rise Readers (ages 10-12)

Date: Saturday, 28th May from 2:45-3:25 pm

Reading: The Drowning Day by Anne Cassidy

When the floods come, truth rises to the surface… It’s 2052, a time when enormous floods can devastate the land at any moment. Jade lives in the Wetlands, a place that will be devastated by the floods.

Safety can be found behind the walls of North-Hampton, but it’s a town steeped in prejudice against Wetlanders. When the siren sounds the flood-warning, Jade and local boy, Bates, must join with outcast Samson to head to North-Hampton. But the threesome are carrying secrets, secrets that are even more dangerous than the impending floodwaters.

A thrilling, thought-provoking story of survival and hope, from the award-winning author of Looking For JJ.


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