Exeter Book Club
About Us


Welcome to Exeter Book Club!

We're an informal group, with typically between 10-20 individuals attending each meeting. Everyone can just turn up to any meetings they are available. Being an informal group, there is no expectation of 'serious' debate and the ethos is very open, sociable and friendly. If you're interested in coming along and have not yet read or finished the book, don't worry, you won't be alone.

(UPDATE: Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future - see below for next month's meeting).

We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the City Gate in Exeter, EX4 3RB, (check our emails or Facebook posts in case of a change of date, e.g. around New Year). We're often sat either in the far right hand corner as you enter, or in the separate room at the back. There is no members fee (helped by the space being free of charge, which is why we don't use a more formal venue, and it's a really nice space with reasonably-priced drinks!).

We chat about the chosen book for about an hour and this often turns into general chat, before taking a vote on what to read next. We always pick our books two months in advance to allow as much time as possible to read them. You're welcome to bring a book suggestion.

Prior to March 2020, we had also begun to organise occasional social events, including: a cinema trip to see a film adaptation of our recently-read book; and an evening at Exeter Cathedral's Library and Archives, where one of our members gave a fascinating presentation of some of the highlights of the collection. We hope to do more once we can all meet again face-to-face.

Next Meetings:

Our meetings are currently held via Zoom, a free video conferencing website. If indoor social distancing limits are lifted on 21st June, we hope to meet at the City Gate Hotel in July. Confirmation as to location will be sent out prior to this meeting. For more information, you are welcome to email to be added to our mailing list or join our Facebook group. 

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th July 2021. The book for discussion is 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell.

The book we voted for August is 'The Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman.

We are also planning an extra outdoor meet-up at the Quay in Exeter in early June - see our Facebook posts or emails for details.

Contact Us:

Our email address is exebookclub@outlook.com

If you're on Facebook, you can also find us here: www.facebook.com/groups/exeterbookclub/


Previous Books:

· The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
· A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
· The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
· Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
· Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
· Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
· Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
· The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
· To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
· The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
· Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
· Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
· The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
· Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
· Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

· The Secret History by Donna Tartt
· The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

· Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passerello

· The Just City by Jo Walton

· The Man in The High Castle by Philip K Dick

· The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

· Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

· Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

· Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

· Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

· The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

· No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.

· All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

· The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

· The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

· The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

· The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

· Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

· Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

· His Bloody Project by Graeme Burnet

· The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier

· The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

· Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

· The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

· The Power by Naomi Alderman

· Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

· The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany

· Changing Places by David Lodge

· The Crucible by Arthur Miller

· The Muse by Jessie Burton

· 1984 by George Orwell

· Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

· The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

· The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

· The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

· The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

· Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

· Sky Burial by Xue Xinran

· A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

· The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

· The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

· The Establishment by Owen Jones

· The Road by Cormac McCarthy

· The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

· The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

· Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

· The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

· Brick Lane by Monica Ali

· The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

· We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

· The Bees by Laline Paull

· I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

· A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

· Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

· Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

· Still Alice by Lisa Genova

· The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

· Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

· The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

· The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

· How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

· The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

· The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

· The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

· The Walker's Daughter by Janet Allison Brown

· Longbourn by Jo Baker

· Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

· The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

· The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

· The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

· Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

· The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
· Suicide
by Édouard Levé

· Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

· Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

· Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

· Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

· The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd

· The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

· The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

· The House of Silk by Anthony Horrowitz

· How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

· A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

· The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

· Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

· Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

· After Dark by Haruki Murakami

· Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa

· The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien

· The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

· Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson

· The Fear Index by Robert Harris

· Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

· The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

· The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

· Ours are the Streets by Sunjeev Sahota

· The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

· Room by Emma Donaghue

· A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

· The Plague by Albert Camus

· Atonement by Ian McEwan

Hopefully we'll see you at a meeting soon!