Book Club

One of best things about going to Oxford was the chance to discuss interesting topics with like minded people. To recreate this we have a non-fiction and a new fiction book club which currently meet online (previously in central Bristol). If you're interested in attending either of these please email and we'll provide more details.  We're grateful to law firm VWV for hosting us when we meet in person.

Meetings of the fiction book club



Date: Tuesday 5th October
Venue: online (Zoom)

Book: Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell


Book: The Liar's Dictionary, Eley Williams


Book:  The Shepherd's Hut, Tim Winton


Book:  The Falconer, Dana Czapnik 



Book:  Less, Andrew Sean Greer

November (Inaugural meeting)

Book: Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo



Meetings of the non-fiction book club



Date and time: Thursday 21st October, 6 p.m. (note different time)
Venue: online (Zoom)

Book: What We Owe Each Other, Minouche Shafik


Book: Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country, John Kampfner


Book: Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson


Book: Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, Sathnam Sanghera


Book: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?, Michael Sandel


Books: Democracy for Sale, Peter Geoghegan
This is not Propaganda, Peter Pomerantsev


November Meeting

Book: The Beautiful Cure, Daniel M Davis

April Meeting - cancelled.

Book: Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, Melanie Mitchell

January Meeting

Book: How Democracy Ends by David Runciman


September Meeting

Book: The Invention of Russia, Arkady Ostrovsky

July Meeting

Book: The Brain, David Eagleman 

March Meeting

Book: The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy, Anthony Gottlieb


December Meeting

Book: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos

September Meeting

Book: How did we get into this mess?: Politics, Equality and Nature, George Monbiot

July Meeting

Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

May Meeting

Book: The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason, Christopher de Bellaigue

March Meeting

Book: A Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution, Joanna Doudna and Samual Sternbery

January Meeting

Book: Edmund Burke: The Visionary who Invented Modern Politics, Jesse Norman


Autumn Meeting

Book: The Price of Inequality, Joseph Stiglitz,

Summer Meeting

Book: Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, John Higgs

Inaugural Meeting

Book: Man Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Our first book club meeting took place on Wednesday 15th March in central Bristol. We discussed Viktor Frankl's Man Search for Meaning, which led to a lively and wide-ranging discussion.

Cherwell & Avon Book Group

Our friends from Bath organised Cherwell & Avon Book Group for those living in, or near, Bath. 


Background: Duke Humfrey's Library, University of Oxford (Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

News and Events

2nd Wednesday at the Watershed

Our monthly meetup for a chat over coffee or a drink has restarted.

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Non-Fiction Book Club: October 2021

Date and time: Thursday 21 October, 6 p.m.
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Book: What We Owe Each Other, Minouche Shafik

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Fiction Book Club: October 2021

Date: Tuesday 5th October
Venue: online (Zoom)
Book: Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell

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Bath Walk

Date and time: Sunday September 19th, 2.30-4.30 and  Sunday October 3rd, 2.30-4.30
Free event (registration required)

Paul Brett takes us round 5 of Bath’s 7 Georgian Crescents, 2 Squares and the Circus.  We'll stop to discuss many interesting features along the way.

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