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South Yardley Reading Group

When we meet

The last Thursday of each month at 7pm - 8.30pm

Where we meet

South Yardley Library, Yardley Road, B25 8LT

Eileen Kenny Tel: 0121 464 1944
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What we do

The group looks at a range of general modern fiction.

Books the group have recently read

We discussed If You Don't Know Me By Now - A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera, who visited the group in October. It's an absolutely brilliant biography ! - The moving, funny, interesting story of a sikh boy growing up in Wolverhampton in the 1980s.

Pauline Spencer - Roddy Doyle
The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies
Restless - William Boyd
Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
Half a Yellow Sun - Chimamand Adichie
What was lost - Catherine OFlynn
Best a Man Can Get - John O'Farrell
The Seige - Helen Dunmore
Miss Garnett's Angel - Sally Vickers
Atonement - Ian Mcewan
I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou
Stasiland: stories from behind the Berlin Wall - Anna Funder
The Time-torn Man - Claire Tomalin's biography of Thomas Hardy
House of Orphans - Helen Dunmore
Notes from an exhibition - Patrick Gale
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
Mary Barton - Mrs Gaskell

Past meetings

In October 2007 we were visited by the local author, Catherine O'Flynn, whose novel What Was Lost was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction

In 2004 Yinka Sunmonu came to South Yardley Reading Group to help to launch Ebony Reads - the alternative Big Read. She discussed her choice of books and talked about her novel Cherish, which deals with a young African girl fostered in 1960s Britain and caught between two cultures.

In 2003 we were delighted to welcome Clare Morrall, whose novel Astonishing Splashes of Colour was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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