Rusland Valley
Reading Group


The Rusland Valley Reading Group (12 people) meets monthly and reads a wide range of books from short stories to climbing books, classical novels to biography. We want to encourage others to do the same, but feel that 12 is the maximum number of people that can hold one discussion - so if you are interested, there's no reason why Rusland shouldn't have more groups!


         The RVRG meets on the third Thursday of the month at 8.00p.m. over wine (or occasionally Pimms!) and snacks....

The Rusland Valley Reading Group at work (!), July 2013 (Click on image to enlarge)

(from left: Helen Pierce, Jean Crabtree, John Walton, Mandy Lane, Lin Macintosh, Sally Pike, Liz Cringle, Helen Adams, Jan Benefield, Carol Driver, Sue Brooks, Carol McNeill, Fiona Baxter)


Books for 2018/2019


Book Choice by
 Thurs 20th Sept  Mandy Lane, Oxen Park  
  The Seige, and The Betrayal
 Helen Dunmoor Liz Cringle
 Thurs 18th October  Gay Jarvis, Crosslands    Why We Sleep  Matthew Walker Tamsin Kidwell
Thurs 15th November
 Jan Benefield, High Dale Park   A Far Cry from Kensington

 Muriel Spark
 Thurs 17th January  Sarah Emslie, New House, Oxen Park  Buddenbrooks  Thomas Mann
 Thurs 21st February    Gothic novel: Edwin Drood? Titus Groan?
 Thurs 21st March  The Children Act  Ian McEwan


  •  Other possible books on our list:

Book Suggestions


 Book Choice
A Spell of Winter Helen Dunmoor
The Choice Edith Eger
The Children Act Ian McEwan
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
?? Ben Elton
On the Trail of Genghis Khan Tim Cope
A Far Cry from Kensington Muriel Spark
Waterlands Graham Swift
The Honorary Consul Graham Greene
The Gap of Time (A Winter's Tale retold) Jeanette Winterson
My Father the Pornographer Chris Offutt Fiona to read first
Burnt Shadows Kamile Shamsie
A Passionate Sisterhood Kathleen Turner
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh

Memoir of a Survivor

Doris Lessing
The Dressmaker/ The Bottle Factory Outing/ An Awfully Big Adventure Beryl Bainbridge (HA to suggest)
The Accidental Tourist Ann Tyler
Libra Don DeLillo
Lila (?) Marilynne Robertson
The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
Trieste Jan Morris ML to read first

Adventure Books:


The Worst Journey in the World

"The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers. A masterpiece of travel writing, The Worst Journey in the World is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration."

Aspley Cherry-Garrard


Archive of past booklists:

COMPLETE BOOK LIST to date (Excel format)