Book-ish Book Group

The Book-ish Book group was formed in early 2012 by Emma and a group of regular customers after much discussion (read 'hinting') on the matter!

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at various locations in the Crickhowell and Abergavenny area.  There was an initial enthsiastic response, leading to the book club being closed to new members for the time being; however, we'd love people to read along with us.  We currently have people reading along in Namibia and Italy!

The group will be providing scores out of 10 for each read, and reviews will be posted on our Reviews page each month.

Our 2012 reading list was as follows:

  • March - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (see reviews)                              

The group rated this book 7.2 out of 10

Our meeting was held at The Angel Hotel Abergavenny (see gallery photos) and was particularly noted for the appearance of 'The Platter' and much lively chatter about our dream circuses and split infinitives.

  • April - The Road Home by Rose Tremain

The group rated this book 6.8 out of 10

Our meeting was held at The Crown at Pantygelli, which was a lovely cosy venue with great wine (set against two rather large bowls of chips). We learnt that despite a book not 'grabbing' us, there's still plenty to discuss, making the whole reading experience far more absorbing and interesting.

  • May - The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

May's meeting was held at The Farmers Arms in Abergavenny. Some of the group were re-reading the book and were surprised to discover that they liked it less second time around.  There's certainly a lot to take on board. Score 6.8

  • June  -  Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Many of the group were surprised by how well they took to our foray into Dickensian times...others couldn't make it past chapter 1!  A good score of 7.3, though.

  • July - If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things

A real marmite book! Use of narrative, keeping track of characters and perceptions of life changing events were all discussed. Score 6.1

  • August - Black Orchids by Gillian Slovo

Our meeting at The Bear Hotel saw a slimmed down version of the group as everybody seemed to be off on their holidays (lucky things). Black Orchids scored a very respectable 8.3 and our discussion centred around narrators, non native storytelling, mixed race marriage and changes in attitude towards class and race over the past 60 years. This was all washed down with the usual glasses of wine and some very yummy food (I had the pork and black pudding rillette; mmmm....)

  • September - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • October - The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obret

Our book club even has a photographer in residence in Patty Papageorgiou-Axford.


You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
CS Lewis