The Gentleman’s Book Club Reads

gbooksThe Gentleman’s Book Club was inaugurated in April 2011 following late night deliberations during the count for the General Election of that year. After some discussion we settled on meeting in Smyth’s pub to share our thoughts on our first read. The location has remained our favoured haunt although we have on occasion strayed. Our numbers have remained constant and remain a very convivial 7 to today. December has become the month when we choose a ‘lighter’ read and gather to reflect on our reads of the year as part of a ‘Eurovision’ style ranking of the 12 reads of the year.

We remain vibrantly engaged with our reads (some of which have our brief reviews linked) which over the years include:

Month Title Author Genre
April 2011 Nudge Thaler and Sunstein Non Fiction
July 2015 Civilization: The West and the Rest Niall Fergusson Non Fiction
September 2015 The Case for Books Robert Darnton Non Fiction
October 2015 The Hare with the Amber Eyes Edmund de Waal Non Fiction
November 2015 Cutting for Stone Adam Verghese Fiction
December 2015 Christmas Carol Dickens Fiction
January 2015 The Faster I Walk the Smaller I am Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold Fiction
February 2015 At Home Bill Bryson Non Fiction
March 2015 Ulysses 1 James Joyce Fiction
March 2015 Black Dahlia James Elroy Fiction
May 2012 Ulysses 2 James Joyce Fiction
May 2015 HHhH Laurent Binet Fiction
September 2012 Ulysses 3 James Joyce Fiction
September 2012 Canada Richard Ford Fiction
October 2015 Ulysses 4 James Joyce Fiction
October 2012 Anatomy of a Moment Javier Cercas Fiction
November 2015 Ulysses 5 James Joyce Fiction
November 2012 Casual Vacancy JK Rowling Fiction
January 2013 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Fiction
February 2013 From the Holy Mountain William Dalrymple Non Fiction
April 2013 Prester John John Buchan Fiction
May 2013 Stalingrad Anthony Beevor Non Fiction
June 2013 Orphan Master’s Son Adam Johnson Fiction
July 2013 52 Loaves William Alexander Non Fiction
August 2013 Town and Country: New Irish Short Stories Kevin Barry Fiction
October 2013 Zealot Resa Aslan Fiction
November 2013 Harvest Jim Crace Fiction
December 2013 Lawrence in Arabia Scott Anderson Non Fiction
January 2015 Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fiction
February 2015 Guards, Guards Terry Pratchett Fiction
March 2015 The Time Has Come – Ger McDonnell: His Life and His Death on K2 Damien O’Brien Non Fiction
April 2015 The Undertaking Audrey Magee Fiction
May 2015 How Music Works David Byrne Non Fiction
June 2015 Look Who’s Back Timur Vermes Fiction
July 2015 The Indian Clerk David Leavitt Non Fiction
August 2015 An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris Historical Fiction
September 2015 Eyrie Tim Winton Fiction
October 2015 TK Whittaker – Portrait of a Patriot Anne Chambers Non Fiction
November 2015 The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flannagan Fiction
December 2015 The Life and Loves of a He-Devil Graham Norton Non Fiction
January 2015 The Princess Bride William Goldman Non Fiction
February 2015 Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson Biography
March 2015 The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason Fiction
April 2015 The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures William deBuys Non Fiction
May 2015 Bel Canto Ann Patchett Fiction
June 2015 The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long- Term Health T Colin Campbell & Thomas M Campbell Non Fiction
July 2015 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Fiction
August 2015 Black Lamb and Grey Falcon / Balkan Ghosts Rebecca West / Robert Kaplan Non Fiction
September 2015 The Temporary Gentleman Sebastian Barry Fiction
October 2015 Mother Tongue Bill Bryson Non Fiction
November 2015 Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Evelyn Waugh Fiction
December 2015 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Fiction
January 2016 Autobiography of a Yogi Yogananda Non Fiction
February 2016 Imperium Robert Harris Fiction
March 2016 The Invention of Nature: Alex von Humbolt Andrea Wulf Non Fiction
April 2016 The Pleasure of My Company Steve Martin Fiction
May 2016 Five Socratic Dialogues Plato Non Fiction
June 2016 A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara Fiction
July 2016 The Silk Roads: A new global history Peter Frankopan Non Fiction
August 2016 The Miniaturist  Jesse Burton Fiction
September 2016 Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow Non Fiction
October 2016 The Killing Floor Lee Childs Fiction
November 2016 I’m Your Man Sylvie Simmons Non Fiction
December 2016 A Dog’s Purpose W. Bruce Cameron Fiction

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