Barter Book Group – books read
We began Sept 03.
September – December 2003: Colliding Cultures:
Graham Greene, The Quiet American; Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing; Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia; Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
January-May 2004: War
Evelyn Waugh, Officers and Gentlemen; Ivo Andric, The Bridge over the Drina; Jaroslav Hasek, The Good Soldier Svejk; Homer, The Iliad; Michael Ondaatje, Anil’s Ghost>
Sept-December 2004 Theme - light and dark.
Nick Hornby: How to Be Good; Tolstoy: Resurrection; Philip Pulman: His Dark Materials; Gawain and the Green Knight
Jan – May 2005 Theme – five women’s books linked to experiences of childhood or adolescence
The Taxi-Driver’s daughter, Julia Darling; Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye; My Place – Sally Morgan; To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf; Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
Sept – December 2005 – travel books
Travels through Bible Lands, H.V. Morton; The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux; Imperium, Ryszard Kapuscinski; Odyssey, Homer
Jan-May 06 - American literature
‘Huckleberry Finn’, Mark Twain; 'The Red Badge of Courage', Stephen Crane; ‘Sister Carrie’, Theodore Dreiser; Henry James: 'Selected short stories'; Chaim Potok, 'My Name is Asher Lev'
Sept-December 06 - The Arab World
Occupational Hazard – My Time governing in Iraq Rory Stewart; the Crusades through Arab Eyes, Amin Ma’alouf; 1001 Nights; A short history of Islam – Karen Armstrong.
Jan- May 07 Lucky Dip
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon; Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll; The Great World, David Malouf; The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa; Khalid Hosseini The Kite Runner
Sept-December 07 - Diaries/ memoirs
Simon Garfield 'Our Hidden Lives'; Boswell's life of Johnson; Isabella Bird: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains; The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal
January – May 08 French literature
Marguerite Duras – the Lover; Proust Swann's Way (vol 1 of 'In Search of Lost Time'); St Exupery Le Vol de Nuit (Night Flight) and Southern Mail; Albert Camus The Stranger; Suite Francaise (French Suite) Irene Nemirovksy.
Sept-December 08 Contemporary world writing
Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov; Say You're One of Them, Uwem Akpan;
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Yiyun Li; Two Caravans, Marina Lewycka
Party Jan 09 - Barter Books – trains (at Barter Books)
Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table, Nigel Slater; My Life in France, Julia Child; Heat, Bill Buford; My Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester; Bad Food Britain, Joanna Blythman
September-December 09 Mystery, or Deception
The Invisible Woman, Claire Tomalin; The Secret Agent, Conrad; John Banville, The Untouchables; Ian Rankin, The Naming of the Dead
January – May 10 Theme: The Italians
Tim Parks: An Italian Education (1996, Guardian Books 2001); March 1, 2: Dante: The Divine Comedy: Hell; Carlo Levi: Christ did not stop at Eboli; Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an author; Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities (1972)
September – December 10 Theme: Journeys of Discovery
Barack Obama: Dreams from my Father: a Story of Race and Inheritance; Salley Vickers: The Other Side of You; R.K Narayan: The English Teacher; Sara Maitland: A Book of Silence;
Jan – May 2011 Life and Work
Hard Times, Dickens; ‘Whoops!:Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay’,John Lanchester; ‘Major Barbara’: Bernard Shaw; ‘Hard Work’ Polly Toynbee; The Gospel according to St Matthew.
Sept – December 2011 Ways of Seeing
Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah,Tim Mackintosh-Smith; Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin; Ways of Seeing, John Berger; A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson
Jan-May 2012 COMING-OF-AGE (Bildungsroman) novels
Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley; Ice-Candy Man, Bapsie Sidhwa; North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell; The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys; The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Selma Lagerlof
Sept-December 2012 REVOLUTIONS
Middlemarch, George Eliot; The White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov; Shah of Shahs, Ryszard Kapuściński; Wild Thorns, Sahar Khalifeh
January-May 2013 INDEPENDENCE: Who We Are … and What We Can Be?
Fitzroy Maclean (with Magnus Linklater), Scotland: a revised history; Kate Fox, Watching the English - the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour; Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart; Alan Watts, The book on the taboo against knowing who you are; Anne Tyler, Digging to America
September-December 2013 HEROES AND TRICKSTERS
The Mahabharata, a shortened version by R.K. Narayan; and The Bhagavad Gita; West African Trickster Tales by Martin Bennett; Tennyson’s Morte d’Arthur (part); Paths to Glory by Anthony Price.
January-June 2014 China
‘River Town - Two Years on the Yangtze’ by Peter Hessler; Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie,
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang.
September-December 2014 Russia
Forty Stories by Anton Chekhov; The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; Babylon; Babylon by Victor Pelevin;
Ukraine Diaries by Andrey Kurkov
January - May 2015 Old and New World Gold
Introduction to Spanish Poetry: A Dual-language Book editor: Eugenio Florit; 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
September - December 2015 Rage against the Machine (Rebels with a Cause)
Plato: The Last Days of Socrates: Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida: Franz Kafka: The Castle: Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamist Phoenix
January - May 2016 Comings and Goings / Between Two Places
The Arrival by Shaun Tan: The Road Home by Rose Tremaine: Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeer Sahota: TBA