Book list from September Group 2012 meeting

Dear All,

What a pity so many could not make it, we had a wonderful meeting full of beautiful books. Here are the choices of Group members:

“If you want to write well, there’s one thing I suggest over everything
else and that is to read well”

How many times have we heard that advice from authors, agents and
publishers? Well, our session dedicated to ‘writers we recommend you
read if you want to experience great writing’ was a thoroughly enjoyable
experience of sharing our views of wonderful books and talented writers.

Here’s a quick run-down of the ‘reading list’ that we created during the
evening . . .

Adam Foulds: The Quickening Maze
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled
Jim Crace: Being Dead
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead
David Mitchell: Number 9 Dream
Ray Bradbury: His entire works – in particular a piece called Zen and
the Art of Writing’
Douglas Gray: His collected poetry
John Le Carre: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Kennedy Toole: The Confederacy of Dunces
Raymond Chandler: His entire works
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana
Gunter Grass: Peeling the Onion
Ken Follett: Fall of Giants

Happy Reading Everyone!

3 thoughts on “Book list from September Group 2012 meeting

  1. Would love to have been there but am stuck in bed after major surgery. In fact the reason I have missed so many is because of it. Never mind, it is onwards and upwards now and thanks
    for the book list.

  2. sorry, I forgot to add a book I have read recently that I adored. Written by Grace Mcleen called the Professor of Poetry. Set in Oxford where Grace studied and the writing is divine.

  3. Thanks for the book list. It was a very nice meeting.
    It is hard to divide up one’s time between reading and writing.
    And now I have rashly signed up to do Continuing Ed course on The Novel Now and am re-reading some great modern novels and having to write ESSAYS.
    If I hadn’t already retired I would have to retire now. How on earth do you working people manage? You in particular, Cherry.

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