Book Club

Our popular book club meets monthly.

If you are interested in joining or want further information please contact Estelle on to let her know you will be attending


We had our first ever virtual meeting on Zoom this afternoon. More than half the group managed the technology and participated in the discussion after some teething problems in the beginning.


We discussed. Chaim Potok's 'The Chosen' in merit for our late member Cy Jaffe who suggested it when he was already ill. 


Next Meeting Details:


30 September - Where the Crawdads Sing. Delia Owens led by Judith

28 October - Red Notice by Bill Browser led by Jocelyn

25 November - Catch the Jew by Tuvia Terenbom led by Vickie

30 December - Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes led by Naomi

Time:  4.00pm
Venue: a a house in Woodside Park

For details please contact Pat on 

Books we have reviewed:

'Stoner' by John Williams

'The Chosen' Chaim Potok

‘My Name is Asher Lev’ by Chaim Potok’s

The Word is Murder' by Anthony Horowitz

'The Devil in Jerusalem' by Naomi Regan

East West Street' by  Philippe Sands

'The Man in the Sharkskin Suit' by Lucille Lagnado

'A Long Night in Paris' by Dov Alfon

'Episodes' by Judy Jackson

'The Jew of Malta' by Christopher Marlowe

'Mythos' by Stephen Fry

When I Lived in Modern Times' by Linda Grant

'Ragtime' by E.L Doctorow

'The Tottenham Outrage' by Matt Bayliss

'The Gustav Sonata' by Rose Tremain.

'Other People's Houses' by Lore Segal

'Turtle Moo'n by Alice Hoffman

'The Clothes on their Backs' by Linda Grant

'The Mandelbaum Gate' by Muriel Spark

'The History of Love' by Nicole Krauss

'Summer in Baden Baden' by Leonid Tsypkin

'Second Person Singular' by Sayed Kashua

‘To Kill the President' by Sam Bourne
'The  Course of Love' by Alain de Botton

'4 3 2 1' by Paul Auster

'Sextet' by Judy Jackson
'First Love'  by Turgenev

'Balancing Acts' by Nicholas Hytner

'The Autograph Man' by Zadie Smith 

'The Dark Circle' by Linda Grant

'The Improbability of Love' by Hannah Rothschild
'Hot Milk' "by Deborah Levy

"Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust

"The Power" by Naomi Alderman

'All Quiet On The Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque

'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka

'Jerusalem Maiden' by Talia Carter

"Mr and Mrs Disraeli" by Daisy Hay

"Waking Lions'" by Ayelet Gundar Goshen'

"The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure

"Tales of Loving and Leaving" by Gaby Weiner

"Eleanor Marx: a life" by Rachel Holmes

"Village of Secrets" by Caroline Moorehead 

"The Land Agent" by David J Simons
"The Liberation of Celia Kahn" by David J Simons
"The Spinoza Problem" by Irvin Yalom
"Mr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman" by Natasha Solomons
"Enemies:A Love Story" (Penguin Translated Texts) by Isaac Bashevis Singer
"An Improbable Friendship" by Anthony David
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope 

"The Penguin Book of Jewish Short Stories" - Emanuel Litvinoff

"My Promised Land" by Ari Shavit's 

"Day of Atonement" by Jay Rayner

"Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, (the rabbi Small mysteries)" by Harry Kemelman

"The Credit Draper" by J David Simons 
"Ishmael’s Oranges"  by Clare Hajaj

"Miss Garnet's Angel" by Sally Vickers

"The Septembers of Shiraz" by Dalia Sofer 
"The Glass Room"  by Simon Mawer
"Nemesis" by Philip Roth 
"Daniel Deronda" by George Elliot

"Crown of Feathers and other stories" by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
"Disobedience" by Naomi Alderman

"Daughters of Jerusalem" by Charlotte Mendelson

"Flowers in the Blood" by Gay Courter
"The Hare with Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal

"The Believers" by Zoe Heller. 
"Rosalind Franklin the Dark Lady of DNA" by Brenda Maddox
"I am Forbidden" by  Anouk Markovits
"Jerusalem" by Simon Sebag-Montefiore

"I'm your Man: the life of Leonard Cohen" by Sylvie Simmons
"Between Friends" by Amos Oz
"Spies" by Michael Frayn
"The Thread" by Victoria Hislop

"an Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris
"The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes
"The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris
"The Ambassadors Daughter" by Pam Jenoff
"Almost English" by Charlotte Mendelson
"The Saturday Wife" by Naomi Ragen
"The Prince of West End Avenue" by Alan Isler


Woodside Park Book Club mention in Jewish Renaissance Magazine

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