We more or less took over the Effra Social main room for a meeting about Autumn by Ali Smith – note that we’re going to move to a regular time slot to avoid a clash royale with the Riff Raff authors group and the Brixton Cinema club.

I think most people enjoyed Autumn, and hopefully when I read it 20 years later I’ll wonder what all the fuss was about this thing called ‘Brexit’ as I throw another book on the fire to keep warm in the shattered post-apocalyptic remains of our once great nation.

Autumn by Ali Smith inspired voting picture

This looked a lot more autumnal in the pub.

Book for next time is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – runners up included Days without End by Sebastian Barry, The Lesser Bohemians by Elmer McBride, Birds of America by Lorie Moore, Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Parry., Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and South of the Border West of the Sun by Harukai Murakami.

Next meeting is the 16th of November in the Effra Social from 7.33pm – all welcome.


It’s feeling autumnal..

We had a packed meeting to discuss the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead which despite not making the booker shortlist was a popular choice. Maybe not as quite as good as the Sellout?

Brixton book group voting sketchbook

Going Underground

Still, any excuse to draw a train.

Book for next time is Autumn by Ali Smith and we’re meeting on Thursday 12th October in the Effra Social.

Runners up included: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Hopea Tragedy by Shalom Auslander, As I walked out one Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee, Fen by Daisy Johnson, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, The Complete Short Stories (volume 1) by JG Ballard, Under the Net by Iris Murdoch, For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway and What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Pete did not pitch a Dan Brown novel.


The 2017 Long Read

Last year we picked Infinite Jest as our long read – as it’s taken an infinately long time for everyone to read it, most people haven’t finished it, but it remains the sort of book that you might want to persuade your significant other to read.

The 2017 Long Read

The 2017 Long Read

So we’ve learned our lesson, and the 2017 Long Read is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

The read by date for this tome will be announced in due course – some time in the winter.



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