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Durham University

Stephenson College

Book Club

Stephenson Book Club meet twice a term and is open to all members of the College to socialise and discuss their book of choice, copies of the next book are made available at the end of the group

Book Club discussion is led by Richard Drake, DRAKE - The Bookshop.

All are welcome at Book Club, even if you’ve not read the book (Netflix discussions regularly follow the book discussion)!

To kick-start the first meeting of Book Club, we’ll be discussing “This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor” – by Adam Kay.

Even if you’re not able to read it before you arrive, join us for tea, cake and lots of discussion on Tuesday 1 October at 7.00pm in the Heighington Room.

The date of the next session will be confirmed shortly, and we will be discussing "Day of the Accident" by Nuala Ellwood.

All are welcome to attend free of charge.

Synopsis: Sixty seconds after she wakes up from a coma, Maggie's world is torn apart.

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into a river. Maggie remembers nothing.

And when Maggie begs to see her husband, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of their daughter's funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?

Where has Maggie's husband gone?

And why can't she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive.

Save the Date

Book club dates usually set in advance of the term. The title for the next book not usually confirmed until the previous meeting and as such will be updated on this page in due course.
Dates for 2019-20 academic year coming soon.

List of Past Book Club Books

Leonard and Hungry Paul - Ronan Hession
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor - Adam Kay
The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder - Sarah J. Harris
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
Rubbernecker - Belinda Bauer
The Empath Problem - Gavin Extence
Dear Mrs Bird - A.J. Pearce
The Magicians' Guild - Trudi Canavan
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Home - Harlan Coben
That was then, this is now - S.E. Hinton.
Killed at the whim of a hat - Colin Cotterill
Half a Creature from the Sea - David Almond
A Manual for Heartache - Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Danish Girl - David Ebbershoff
The Universe versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
The Prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Great House - Nicole Krauss
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Q&A - Vikas Swarup
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Inferno - Dan Brown
My Name is Leon - Kit de Waal
Skellig - David Almond
Alice and the Fly - James Rice
Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase - Louise Walters
Astonishing Splashes of Colour - Claire Morrall

Reading Challenge

Read a book:

  • a book where the main protagonist has the same job as you
  • a political memoir
  • a book about an unfamiliar culture
  • a book translated into English
  • a book recommended by your best friend
  • a book for more than 600 pages
  • a book that is 100 years older than you
  • a book of poetry
  • a book where the writer has the same initials as you
  • a book from a genre you've never read before
  • re-read a book from your school days/childhood
  • a 2016/17 literary prize winner
  • finish a book you abandoned
  • an autobiography
  • a book by an author you have never heard of
  • a book whose cover puts you off

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