Book Clubs

We’ve been running our Book Clubs at Simply Books for over fifteen years – some of our members have coming along since day one but we always enjoy welcoming new people! If you love reading and like talking about books why not ask us about joining one of our book clubs?



Sue’s Book Club

Sue’s Book Club is a group for Women. We meet in the morning on the first Tuesday of the month. We mostly read new(ish) fiction and sometimes biography – books which appeal to a female readership. You’ll get a good idea of what we’ve read recently if you browse ‘Sue’s Bay’ in the shop.


Here’s what we’re reading this month...

The Promise

by Damon Galgut

On a farm outside Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for – not least their treatment of the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. Salome was to be given her own house, her own land…yet somehow, that vow is carefully ignored.

Tuesday 7th June 9.30AM

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021One family. One promise. One chance to tell a new story.

Book Jacket for The Promise by Damon Galgut

Andrew’s Book Group

Andrew’s Book Club meets at 7.00PM on the first Tuesday of the month – mostly we read new(ish) fiction although sometimes we dip into the back catalogue. You’ll get a good idea of what we’ve read recently if you browse ‘Andrew’s Bay’ in the shop or here


Here’s what we’re reading this month...

The Lamplighters

by Emma Stonex

Inspired by real events, The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex is an intoxicating and suspenseful mystery, an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.

Tuesday 7th June 7.00PM

‘A mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. Wonderful’
– S. J. Watson

The Sunday Times bestseller
As recommended by the BBC Radio 2 Book Club

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

Crime

Crime Club is especially for fans of crime novels and meets at 7.00PM on the second Wednesday of the month. We read a wide range of crime fiction – new and old – and enjoy a lively discussion of each book’s twists and turns!


Here’s what we’re reading this month...

Life Sentence

by A K Turner

Cassie has always had a strange affinity with death, ever since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was four. At least that’s what she grew up believing…
But that was a lie. Cassie’s father is alive. He was convicted of murdering her mother and spent years behind bars. Now he’s out – and he’s looking for her.

Wednesday 8th June 7.00PM

‘Spellbinding storytelling’ – Val McDermid
‘[A] gritty novel with an engaging heroine’ – Sunday Times
‘Ingenious and sardonically written’ – Financial Times

Life Sentence by A K Turner

Friday Night

Friday Night Book Club is for adults who enjoy reading children’s fiction – particularly novels aimed at older teens (YA). We meet every six weeks on a Friday evening. It’s a fairly new group so room for new members!


Here’s what we’re reading this month...

The Balloon Thief

by Anesa Marufu

A commercial, thrilling and uplifting fantasy adventure following sixteen-year-old Khadija, who flees her home in a stolen hot air balloon to escape an arranged marriage.

The debut novel from enthralling new talent, twenty-four-year-old Aneesa Marufu, which draws on the author’s South Asian heritage

Friday 10th June 47.00PM

Highly relevant yet utterly original, I was utterly entranced by this world of jinn, peris and hot air balloons that ache for the skies.’ – Lauren James, author of The Quiet at the End of the World

The Balloon Thief by Anesa Marufu

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