The Merry Book Club

The Merry Book Club meets monthly on a Thursday night at 7pm at the Merry Harriers pub.  We are a friendly group and welcome any new members.  Combining the book discussion with a meal, we usually have a general chat when we arrive and then eat about 7.30pm.  We aim to discuss the most recent book at about 8pm 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. Usually we finish about 9.30pm. There are about 20 members on the circulation list but we generally have about 6-8 people attend. It’s very relaxed and informal – more ‘a supper club that talks about books’ than your more serious book club! 

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 18th July 2024. The book we are reviewing is ‘‘The Distant Echo’ by Val McDermid.

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

Future books:

  • ‘Perestroika in Paris’ by Jane Smiley

Dates of meetings in 2024:

  • 18 July
  • 22 August
  • 26 September
  • 24 October
  • 28 November

Previous books read:


  • ‘Yellow Face’  by R F Kuang
  • ‘Someone Else’s Shoes’ by Jojo Moyes
  • ‘The Bookbinder of Jericho’ by Pip Williams
  • ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
  • ‘Great Circle’ by Maggie Shipstead
  • ‘Magpie Lane’ by Lucy Atkins


  • ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ by Lauren Weisberger
  • ‘The Gown’ by Jennifer Robson
  • ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee
  • ‘Taste – My Life Through Food’ by Stanley Tucci
  • ‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ by Pip Williams
  • ‘Still Life’ by Val McDermid
  • ‘Still Life’ by Sarah Winham
  • ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus


  • ‘Momentum: The Struggle for Peace, Politics and the People’ by Mo Molam
  • ‘The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek’ by Kim Michele Richardson
  • ‘The Man Who Died Twice’ by Richard Osman
  • ‘Sorrow and Bliss’ by Meg Mason
  • ‘American Dirt’ by Jeanine Cummins
  • ‘Everything is Beautiful’ by Eleanor Ray
  • ‘Moth’ by Melody Razak
  • ‘The Long Petal of the Sea’ by Isabel Allende


  • The Last Letter From Your Lover’ by Jojo Moyes
  • ‘The Foundling’ by Stacey Halls
  • ‘The Salt Path’ by Raynor Winn
  • ‘The Sea Gate’ by Jane Johnson
  • ‘The Secret Barrister – Stories of the Law and how it’s Broken’ by Anon
  • ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
  • ‘Longbourn’ by Jo Baker
  • ‘Lady in Waiting’ by Anne Glenconner
  • ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman
  • ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen


  • ‘Between the Stops’ by Sandi Toksvig
  • ‘Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders’ by Jane Robinson
  • ‘Case Histories’ by Kate Atkinson
  • ‘The Doll Factory’ by Elizabeth Macneal
  • ‘The Lido’ by Libby Page
  • ‘Blue Monday’ by Nikki French for March
  • ‘Olive Kitteridge’ by Elizabeth Strout
  • ‘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