Book Group

Rodmell Book Group is a friendly and informal way to read and chat about books. We generally meet on the last Monday of the month, at 8pm in the Abergavenny Arms. (May’s meeting is on the 3rd Monday).

To find out about the book we’re reading at the moment – see the Events section of this website.

The books we read can usually be found at Lewes Library. Otherwise, copies can be bought online (new or secondhand) at discounted prices from Amazon, Abe Books, The Book Depository, Waterstones Market Place, and Ebay.

Anyone interested in joining the Rodmell Book Group is very welcome – just come along to a meetings at the pub (and you don’t even need to have read the book of the month, although it helps!).

We generally publish a list of books we’ve chosen over the Summer and it’s a great way to read books you might not otherwise have thought about.  Our discussions are very relaxed, over a drink, and not everyone will like (or finish reading) every book, but that’s fine as it makes for a more interesting and lively evening.

Sometimes we also organise a group walk, usually ending up somewhere locally for a cup of tea or coffee.  At our December meeting, we try to combine our Book Group meeting with a small Christmas get-together for drinks & nibbles.

If you’d like to be on the Rodmell Book Group’s email list, please contact Catriona:


DATES (All Mondays)         BOOK TITLE & AUTHOR                                                            CHOSEN BY

29 April                                             I am, I am, I am; Maggie O’Farrell                                 Catherine Crisham

Catherine writes: a memoire and extraordinary account of 17 brushes with death (and O’Farrell is only 46!), ranging from serious childhood illness to a close encounter with a serial killer. It is disturbing at times, but is also extremely well written.

20 May                                            The Bottle Factory Outing; Beryl Bainbridge                  Catriona Grant

Everything is awkward in this book – the relationship between the two main characters, Brenda & Freda, their working life and culture clashes with their Italian male colleagues, the workforce’s subservience to their boss, their work itself, and, of course, the works outing …

24 June 2019                                   Mysteries; Knut Hamsun                                                Barbara Adderley

A stranger, Nagel, arrives in a Norwegian seaside town, and his eccentricity attracts attention. He carries a small bottle of prussic acid, a vial of deadly poison on his person and an empty violin case. He walked miles every day looking for what, nobody ever knew. Nagel talks too much, very much to the provincial townsfolk’s curiosity – they are both attracted and repelled. He falls in love with Dagny Kielland, the pastor’s daughter, but she has a fiancée who’s absent in the army. Nagel knows of another man who fell in love with her who ended up taking his own life. She is cool, stunning and dangerous.

29 July                                             The Citadel; A J Cronin                                                      Sheree Foster

Sheree writes: This is topical with the NHS 70th anniversary and was one of the things that inspired the setting up of NHS.

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