Books clip art

Book Club

Forthcoming Meetings

  • 11 July: Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • 8 August: Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song
  • 12 September: Paul Harding’s This Other Eden
  • 10 October: Jenny Erpenbeck's Kairos
  • 14 Nov: Curtis Sittenfeld's Rodham - to be confirmed

About Us

PRISTON BOOK CLUB meets on the second Thursday of every month in the Ring O'Bells pub, at 7.30pm.

We read a range of (paperback) books, including novels, short stories, crime fiction and popular science.

Anyone is welcome to join our informal discussions – on a regular or occasional basis.

No expertise is required, just an interest in books.

For more information, phone Penny on 01761 470589.

Each month’s book will be advertised on this web-page.

Books read by the Group

(Winners since 2010 of the prestigious Priston Book Club's Book of the Year Award are denoted in red.)

Date Author Title
Jun 2024 DH Lawrence The Virgin and the Gipsy
May 2024 Sandy Tolan The Lemon Tree
Apr 2024 Andrew Miller The Slowworm’s Song
Mar 2024 Rory Stewart The Places in Between
Feb 2024 Dave Goulson Silent Earth
Dec 2023 Peter Carey Theft
Nov 2023 Barbara Kingsolver Demon Copperhead
Oct 2023 Shepherd The Living Mountain
Sep 2023 Yagisawa Days at the Morisaki Bookshop
Aug 2023 Lisa See The Island of the Sea Women
Jul 2023 S. G. Maclean The Bookseller of Inverness
Jun 2023 Shehan Karunatilaka The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
May 2023 Annie Ernaux The Years
Apr 2023 Anthony Doerr Cloud Cuckoo Land
Mar 2023 Carlo Rovelli Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution
Feb 2023 James Plunkett Strumpet City
Jan 2023 AGM -
Dec 2022 Jon McGregor If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
Nov 2022 Lea Ypi Free: Coming of Age at the End of History
Oct 2022 Benjamin Labatut When We Cease to Understand the World
Sep 2022 V S Naipaul A Bend in the River
Aug 2022 Kazuo Ishiguro Klara and the Sun
Jul 2022 Damon Galgut The Promise
Jun 2022 Olga Tokarczuk Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
May 2022 Susanna Clarke Piranesi
Apr 2022 James Rebanks English Pastoral
Mar 2022 Christy Lefteri Songbirds
Feb 2022 Arnold Bennett Clayhanger
Jan 2022 AGM -
Dec 2021 Adam Nicolson The Seabird's Cry
Nov 2021 Elizabeth Strout The Burgess Boys
Oct 2021 Charlotte Wood The Weekend
Sep 2021 Thomas Hardy Return of the Native
Aug 2021 William Boyd Fascination
Jul 2021 Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain
Jun 2021 Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet
May 2021 Tim Spector Spoon-fed
Apr 2021 F Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Mar 2021 Benjamin Myers The Gallows Pole
Feb 2021 Bill Bryson The Body
Jan 2021 - AGM
Dec 2020 Alice Munroe Short Stories
Nov 2020 Isabella Hammad The Parisian
Oct 2020 Raynor Winn The Salt Path
Sep 2020 Pat Barker The Silence of the Girls
Aug 2020 Bernardine Evaristo Girl, Woman, Other
July 2020 Donna Tartt The Goldfinch
June 2020 Maggie O'Farrell I Am, I Am, I Am
May 2020 Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible
Apr 2020 Heinrich Boll The Train Was on Time
Mar 2020 Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad
Feb 2020 David Mitchell Cloud Atlas
Jan 2020 - AGM
Dec 2019
Peter Wohlleben The Hidden Life of Trees
Nov 2019
John Boyne The Heart's Invisible Furies
Oct 2019
Robin Robertson' The Long Take
Sep 2019
Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist
Aug 2019
Anna Burns Milkman
Jul 2019
Melissa Harrison' Hawthorn Time
Jun 2019
Hannah Kent Burial Rites
May 2019
Nick Hunt Where the Wild Winds Are
Apr 2019
Salley Rooney
Normal People
Mar 2019
Rebecca Scott
In the Days of Rain
Feb 2019
Ken Follett
The Pillars of the Earth
Jan 2019
Dec 2018
Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire
Nov 2018
Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse
Oct 2018
John Le Carre
Legacy of Spies
Sep 2018
Omar Robert Hamilton's
The City Always Wins
Aug 2018
 Polly Clark's
Jul 2018 Sebastian Barry
Days without End
Jun 2018
Jeffrey Eugenides
May 2018
Ali Smith
Apr 2018
Laurie Frankel
This Is How It Always Is
Mar 2018
Henry Marsh Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Feb 2018
Margaret Atwood Alias Grace
Jan 2018
Dec 2017
Kazuo Ishiguro
Remains of the Day
Nov 2017
Julian Barnes
Noise of Time
Oct 2017
Colm Tobin
House of Names
Sep 2017
Graham Wift
Mothering Sunday
Aug 2017
Richard Kerridge
Cold Blood
Jul 2017
Lionel Shriver
The Mandibles
Jun 2017
James Shapiro
1606: Shakespear and the Year of Lear
1599: A Year in the Life of Shakespeare
Apr 2017 M. L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans
Mar 2017 Svetlana Alexievich Chernobyl Prayer
Feb 2017 Anne Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Jan 2017 - - AGM
Dec 2016 Patricia Highsmith Strangers on a Train
Nov 2016 Joshua Slocum Sailing around the World
Oct 2016 Evan S. Connell Mrs. Bridge
Sep 2016 Emma Hooper Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Aug 2016 Ben MacIntyre A Spy among Friends
July 2016 John Williams Stoner
June 2016 Jane Austen Emma
May 2016 Tim Dee Four Fields
April 2016 Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian
Mar 2016 J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
Feb 2016 Anthony Trollope The Way We Live Now
Jan 2016 - - AGM
Dec 2015 James Joyce The Dubliners
Nov 2015 Bruce Chatwin
The Songlines
Oct 2015 E.M. Forster Howards End
Sep 2015 Ann Enright The Gathering
Aug 2015 Jim Crace Harvest
July 2015 Terry Pratchett The Colour of Magic
June 2015 Dave Goulson A Sting in the Tale
May 2015 Ian McEwan The Children Act
April 2015 Andrea Levy Small Island
Mar 2015 Albert Camus The Plague
Feb 2015 Wlkie Collins The Woman in White
Jan 2015 - (AGM)
Dec 2014 Richard Yates The Easter Parade
Nov 2014 Helen Dunmore The Lie
Oct 2014 Nathan Filer Shock of the Fall
Sep 2014 Tom Sharpe Blot on the Landscape
Aug 2014 Ismail Kadare Broken April
Jul 2014 Murakami Norwegian Wood
Jun 2014 Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred years of Solitude
May 2014 Tim Dee The Running Sky
Apr 2014 Siegfried Sassoon Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Mar 2014 Dr Steven Peter The Chimp Paradox
Feb 2014 George Eliot Middlemarch
Jan 2014 - -(AGM)
Dec 2013 Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad
Nov 2013 Penelope Fitzgerald The Beginning of Spring
Oct 2013 Ian Banks The Wasp Factory
Sep 2013 A D Miller Snowdrops
Aug 2013 William Trevor The Old Boys
July 2013 Claire Tomalin Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man
May 2013 Thomas Hardy
Short Stories
April 2013 John Lanchester Capital
Mar 2013 George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London
Feb 2013 Graham Swift Wish You Were Here
Jan 2013 Josephine Tey The Daughter of Time
Dec 2012 Alan Hollinghurs The Stranger's Child
Nov 2012 Yiyun Li  A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Oct 2012 Julian Barnes A Sense of Ending
Sep 2012 Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Aug 2012 Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Jul 2012 Spke Milligan Puckoon
Jun 2012 William Kamkwamba  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
May 2012 Thaler & Sunstein Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth & Happiness'
Apr 2012 Andrew Miller Pure
Mar 2012 Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Feb 2012 Sheila Steward |Lifting the Latch
Jan 2012 General  discussion with fish and chips!
Dec 2011 Kathryn Stockett The Help
Nov 2011 Richard Hughes The Fox in the Attic
Oct 2011 R.M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Sep 2011 Tea Obreht The Tiger's Wife
Aug 2011 - -
Jul 2011 Beryl Bainbridge Master Georgie
Jun 2011 Michael Lewis The Big Short
Apr 2011 C J Sansom Dissolution
Mar 2011 J G Ballard Life's Miracles
Feb 2011 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
Jan 2011 Helen Dunmore Spell in Winter
Dec 2010 Tracey Chevalier Remarkable Creatures
Nov 2010 Anthony Trollope The Warden
Oct 2010 Charles Dickens Bleak House
Sep 2010 Paul Gallico The Snow Goose
Aug 2010 Martin Amis Money
Jul 2010 Roy Jacobson The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles
Jun 2010 Marjane Satrapi  Persepolis
May 2010 Kate Summerscale The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Apr 2010 Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd
Mar 2010 Mohsin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Feb 2010 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
Jan 2010 Nevil Shute On the Beach
Dec 2009 Stieg Larsson Girl with Dragon Tattoo
Nov 2009 Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray
Oct 2009 Sarah Waters Fingersmith
Sep 2009 Paul Theroux The Great Railway Bazaar/ Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
Aug 2009 Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer
Jul 2009 Orwell Ben Goldacre Inside the Whale and Other Stories Bad Science
Jun 2009 Ernest Hemmingway For Whom the Bell Tolls
May 2009 Aravind Adiga White Tiger
Apr 2009 T. S. Eliot Wendy Cope The Wasteland Any poem
Mar 2009 Updike Any novel
Feb 2009 Sophocles Antigone
Jan 2009 Malcolm Pryce Aberystwyth Mon Amour
Dec 2008 Jane Austen Persuasion
Nov 2008 Minette Walters The Breaker
Oct 2008 Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
Aug 2008 Evelyn Waugh Vile Bodies
Jul 2008 Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist
Jun 2008 James Lovelock Revenge of Gaia
May 2008 Iain Banks Steep Ascent to Garbadale
Apr 2008 Rose Tremain The Road Home
Mar 2008 William Boyd Restless
Feb 2008 Chekhov Short stories
Jan 2008 Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
Dec 2007 Grahame Greene The Quiet American
Nov 2007 Peter Carey Tax Inspector and My Life as a Fake
Oct 2007 Niall Griffiths Runt
Sep 2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun
Aug 2007 Emile Zola Nana
Jul 2007 David Mitchell Black Swan Green
Jun 2007 Mitch Albom Five People You Meet in Heaven
May2007 Arundhati Roy God of Small Things
Apr 2007 Mervyn Peake Titus Groan
Mar 2007 Primo Levi Periodic Table
Feb 2007 Michael Frayn Spies
Jan2007 Richard Dawkins The God Delusion
  Al Gore Inconvenient Truth
  Marina Lewycka A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  Flaubert Madame Bovary
  Rose Tremain Music and Silence
  David Lodge The British Museum is Falling Down
  Evelyn Waugh Decline and Fall
  Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
  Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake
  Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
1st book Liz Jensen The Ninth Life of Louis Drax