The Merry Book Club

The Merry Book Club is currently meeting virtually on Zoom. We are looking forward to returning to the Merry Harriers as soon as we can!

The Merry Book Club normally meets every 6 or 7 weeks on a Wednesday night at 8pm at the Merry Harriers pub.  We are a friendly group and welcome any new members.  We combine the book discussion with a meal, so we usually have a general chat when we arrive and then eat about 8.30pm.  We aim to discuss the most recent book at about 9pm and then discuss other books we are reading. We also try to choose the next few books in advance to enable members to buy, order from the library or borrow. We usually finish between 10 and 10.30pm. There are over 20 members on the circulation list but we generally have about 8-12 people attend. It’s very relaxed and informal. Shortly before each meeting a menu is circulated and those who want to eat send their choices in.

We are very grateful to the Merry Harriers for ‘hosting’ the Merry Book Club and always looking after us so well.

Our next meeting is on 9 July 2020. We will be meeting virtually on Zoom.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Camilla Edmiston on

Future books are:

  • ‘The Lido’ by Libby Page for our July meeting

Dates of future meetings in 2020:

  • 9 July – meeting by Zoom
  • 2 September
  • 21 October
  • 25 November

Previous books read:


  • ‘Blue Monday’ by Nikki French for March
  • ‘Olive Kitteridge’ by Elizabeth Strout for April
  • ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney


  • ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover
  • ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
  • ‘Invisible Women – exposing data bias in a world designed for men’ by Caroline Criado Perez
  • ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn
  • ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton
  • ‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch
  • ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Val McDermid


  • ‘La Belle Sauvage: Book of Dust’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘Long Summer Day’ – Part 1 of A Horseman Riding By trilogy by RF Delderfield
  • ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman
  • ‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’ by William Boyd
  • ‘Cartes Postales from Greece’ by Victoria Hislop
  • ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr
  • ‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’ by Kirsty Wark


  • ‘Sweet Caress’ by William Boyd
  • ‘Dear Lupin – Letters to a Wayward Son’ by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer for 6 September
  • ‘The Midwitch Cuckoos’ by John Wyndham
  • ‘Between Two Worlds – Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam’ by Zainab Salbi
  • ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles
  • ‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman
  • ‘The Rosie Effect’ by Graeme Simsion


  • ‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent
  • ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon
  • ‘Holy Cow’ by David Duchovny
  • ‘I am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes
  • ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum’ by Katherine Boo
  • ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • ‘Suite Francaise’ by Irene Nemirovsky


  • ‘Pickwick Papers’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘The Colour of Magic’ by Terry Pratchett
  • ‘Do No Harm’ by Henry Marsh
  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins
  • ‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary’ by Anita Anand
  • ‘The Glass Palace’ by Amitav Ghosh
  • ‘Dead Simple’ by Peter James


  • ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson
  • ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion
  • The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton
  • ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini
  • ‘Laurence Olivier’ by Philip Ziegler
  • ‘The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ by Jamie Ford
  • ‘Before I go to Sleep’ by SJ Watson


  • ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ by Deborah Moggach
  • ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn
  • ‘Daphne du Maurier’ by Margaret Forster
  • ‘Valentine Grey’ by Sandi Toksvig
  • ‘The Kashmir Shawl’ by Rosie Thomas
  • ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ by Tea Obreht
  • ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern


  • ‘The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson
  • ‘Perfume’ by Patrick Suskin
  • ‘The Greengage Summer’ by Rumer Goddan
  • ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier
  • ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett
  • ‘The Earth  Hums in B flat’ by Mari Strachan
  • ‘Call the Midwife’ by Jennifer Worth


  • ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • ‘The Christmas Mystery’ by Jostein Gaarder
  • ‘Dark Star Safari’ by Paul Theroux
  • ‘Tender is the Night’ by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoat’ by David Mitchell
  • ‘A Week in December’ by Sebastian Faulks
  • ‘Pomegranate Sky’ by Louise Soraya Black


  • ‘The Perfect Couple’ by Robyn Sisman
  • ‘Ashes to Dust’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • ‘Moab is my Washpot’ by Stephen Fry
  • ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson
  • ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters
  • ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen
  • ‘Not Withstanding’ by Louis De Bernieres (set in Hambledon)


  • ‘The Other Hand’ by Chris Cleave
  • ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ by Muriel Barbery
  • ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zusak
  • ‘No Time for Goodbye’ by Linwood Barclay