top of page

The Brick Lane Book Group – since 2007

as heard on BBC Radio 4

It’s official, we’ve been chosen by TimeOut as one of the best book clubs in London.

Monthly on a Tuesday, 9pm at Brick Lane Book Shop, E1

Next meeting: Tuesday, 3rd April

Current book: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack



The Brick Lane Book Group meets every month on a Tuesday for a couple of sociable hours of drinks, music and literary conversation, in a chummy atmosphere.  Bring your choice of tipple!  We’ll be discussing the book we’ve all been reading, amongst other things.  The ambit of this group is modern literary fiction, with occasional forays into other literary forms when the mood takes us.  The Brick Lane Book Group is all about kicking back and finding a little headspace amongst like-minded folk.


Anyone with a genuine love of good books is welcome!  Whichever book we’re reading, you’ll be able to get it for 15% less via Brick Lane Book Shop; come along regularly (the group meets once every three weeks) and you’ll get 15% off everything else in the shop too.


We meet at Brick Lane Book Shop, 166 Brick Lane, E1.  If you’re thinking about attending, please email in advance to let us know to expect you. Or if you want to be kept in the loop, let us know via the contact form.




Solar Bones - Mike McCormack - 3rd April

The Natural Way of Things - Charlotte Wood - 1st May

Women Without Men - Shahrnush Parsipur - 5th June

We are taking a bit of a break across the summer. Please do drop me your details if you want to be added to the mailing list; at the moment I don't know the date of the next meet.


“I loved attending the Brick Lane book club and think it’s fantastic that it is so laid-back and there’s no attendance fee etc. It’s hard to find a Book Club which is not pretentious etc. and I think the Brick Lane book club gets it just about spot-on.” – Kayleigh


Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterton

Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami

Smile - Roddy Doyle

The Vegetarian - Han Kang

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

All My Friends are Superheroes - Andrew Kaufman

The Mark and the Void - Paul Murray

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Stoner - John Williams

Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

The Man in the High Castle - Philip K Dick

The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf

The Castle - Franz Kafka

The Quiet American - Graham Greene

Lila - Marilynn Robinson

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

Moon and Sixpence – Somerset Maugham

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

How to be Both – Ali Smith

Dreams of my Russian Summers - Andrei Makine

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

A Beautiful Truth – Colin McAdam

What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt

The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Eimear McBride

Death in Venice – Thomas Mann

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

Nightwoods – Charles Frazier

The Rehearsal – Eleanor Catton

Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

The Bad Girl – Mario Vargas Llosa

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan / So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell

Notre Dame de Paris – Victor Hugo

Perla – Carolina di Robertis

The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna

All the Pretty Horses – McCarthy, Cormac

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Contortionist’s Handbook – Craig Clevenger

Out of Sheer Rage – Geoff Dyer

Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

A Void – Georges Perec

The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Costello – J M Coetzee

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman

The Member of the Wedding – Carson McCullers

Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Bell – Iris Murdoch
No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy

Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

The Black Album – Hanif Kureishi
But Beautiful – Geoff Dyer
Plainsong – Kent Haruf
The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Pure – Andrew Miller

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
The Wayward Bus – John Steinbeck
The Plague – Albert Camus
Nineteen Eighty-four – George Orwell
Ignorance: A Novel – Milan Kundera

Notes From An Exhibition – Patrick Gale

Shades of Grey: A Novel – Jasper Fforde
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Player One – Douglas Coupland

The Mango Orchard – Robin Bayley

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

Auto da Fe – Elias Canetti

You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers

Scenes of Clerical Life – George Elliot

The Book of Salt – Monique Truong

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death – Jean-Dominique Bauby

Stasiland – Anne Funder

I, Lucifer – Glen Duncan

The Confusions of Young Törless – Robert Musil

The Confidence-Man – Herman Melville

Travels in the Scriptorium – Paul Auster

David Golder – Irene Nemirovsky

Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

A Farewell To Arms – Ernest Hemingway

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow

Neuromancer – William Gibson

The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Attwood

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Success – Martin Amis

Persepolis – Marjane Sartrapi

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Ragtime – L.R. Doctorow

Disgrace – J.M. Coetze

Two Caravans- Monica Lewycka

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Woman Destroyed – Simone de Beauvoir

The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

The People’s Act of Love – James Meek

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

The Siege of Krishanpur – J.G. Farrell

Lost Boys – James Miller

Breakfast at Tiffan’s – Truman Capote

Norwegian Wood – Murakami

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Candide - Voltaire

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

bottom of page