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Bookclubs in the Gutter Bookshop
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We currently run 5 bookclubs each month in The Gutter Bookshop. The Classics Bookclub runs on the 2nd Thursday of each month 6-7pm, the Third Thursday Bookclub runs on the 3rd Thursday of each month (surprisingly!) 6-7pm, the Gutter Bookshop Bookclub runs on the 4th Thursday of each month 6-7pm. Our 'Get Active' Bookclub for the Retired Over-55s is run in conjunction with Temple Bar Cultural Trust and takes place 11am-Noon on the 4th Thursday of each month.

As of March 2015, our new shop in Dalkey has started its own bookclub on the first Wednesday of each month running 6-7pm - places were initially offered tolocal customers who had signed up to our Dalkey Newsletter in the shop. As the bookclub becomes established and more spaces become available we will offer places via our regular newsletter.


2017 Bookclub Dates and Books

Thu 12th Jan 6pm - Classics - 'A Tale of Two Citites' by Charles Dickens
Thu 19th Jan 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami
Thu 26th Jan 11am - Get Active - 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens
Thu 26th Jan 6pm - General - 'Holding' by Graham Norton

Wed 1st Feb 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'Woman on the Stairs' by Bernhard Schlink
Thu 9th Feb 6pm - Classics - 'Eminent Victorians' by Lytton Strachey
Thu 16th Feb 6pm - Third Thursday - 'Miss Jane' by Brad Watson
Thu 23rd Feb 11am - Get Active - 'Holding' by Graham Norton
Thu 23rd Feb 6pm - General - 'This Must Be The Place' by Maggie O'Farrell

Wed 8th Mar 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'The Good People' by Hannah Kent
Thu 9th Mar 6pm - Classics - 'The Prisoner of Zenda' by Anthony Hope
Thu 16th Mar 6pm - Third Thursday - 'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Thu 23rd Mar 11am - Get Active - 'The Trouble with Goats and Sheep' by Joanna Cannon
Thu 23rd Mar 6pm - General - 'Solar Bones' by Mike McCormack

Thu 6th Apr 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'The Magpie Murders' by Anthony Horowitz
Thu 13th Apr 6pm - Classics - 'The Garden Party and Other Stories' by Katherine Mansfield
Thu 20th Apr 6pm - Third Thursday - 'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman
Thu 27th Apr 11am - Get Active - 'The Good People' by Hannah Kent
Thu 27th Apr 6pm - General - One City, One Book 'Echoland' by Joe Joyce

Wed 3rd May 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'Three Daughters of Eve' by Elif Shafak
Thu 11th May 6pm - Classics - 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkien
Thu 18th May 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Essex Serpent' by Sarah Perry
Thu 25th May 11am - Get Active - 'The Gustav Sonata' by Rose Tremain
Thu 25th May 6pm - General - 'The Gustav Sonata' by Rose Tremain

Wed 7th Jun 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - tbc
Thu 8th Jun 6pm - Classics - 'A Confedarcy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole
Thu 15th Jun 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Lonely City' by Olivia Laing
Thu 23rd Jun 11am - Get Active
Thu 23rd Jun 6pm - General

If you'd like to join one of our bookclubs do sign-up for our monthly newsletter - that way you'll be first to hear when places become available! It's also well worth asking at your local library or other nearby community organisations as many are now running local bookclubs.

Great Books for Bookgroups

Bookgroups can be a great way to discover new reads and also a good excuse for meeting up with like-minded book people! We run 4 bookclubs in the Gutter Bookshop and we often get asked for recommendations for good bookclub reads. Here are a few of the books that our bookclubs enjoyed, or that stimulated a lot of discussion even if they didn't always like them! Try them out on your bookclub and see what they think.

We have 'Discussion Question' sheets available for all of the books listed below so if you'd like a bit of help guiding your bookgroup discussion do pop into the shop and ask us for one, or drop us a line.

Classics Bookgroup – All Books Read to Date:

2010
Jan      ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
Feb      ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce
Mar      ‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde
Apr      ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins
May     ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli
Jun      ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov
Jul       ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf
Aug      ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett
Sep      ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee
Oct      ‘Crime and Punishment’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nov     ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

2011
Jan      ‘Bleak House’ by Charles Dickens
Feb      ‘The Member of the Wedding’ by Carson McCullers
Mar      ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen
Apr      ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
May     ‘Vanity Fair’ by William Makepeace Thackerey
Jun      ‘At Swim Two Birds’ by Flann O’Brien
Jul       ‘A Town Like Alice’ by Nevil Shute
Aug      ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ by Stella Gibbons
Sep      ‘Howard’s End’ by E M Forster
Oct      ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker
Nov     ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ by Mark Twain

2012
Jan      ‘Lucky Jim’ by Kingsley Amis
Feb      ‘The House of Mirth’ by Edith Wharton
Mar      ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier
Apr      ‘On Human Bondage’ by w. Somerset Maugham
May     ‘The End of the Affair’ by Graham Greene
Jun      ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jul       ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy
Aug      ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Philip K. Dick          
Sep      ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll
Oct      ‘Count Magnus and Other Stories’ by M R James
Nov     ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler…’ by Italo Calvino

2013
Jan      ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas
Feb      ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte
Mar      ‘Strumpet City’ by James Plunkett
Apr      ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’ by Elizabeth Braddon
May     ‘The Chateau’ by William Maxwell
Jun      ‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ju        ‘My Ántonia’ by Willa Cather
Aug      ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck
Sep      ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
Oct      ‘Castle Rackrent’ by Maria Edgeworth
Nov     ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by D H Lawrence

2014
Jan      ‘Dr Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak
Feb      ‘The Best of Everything’ by Rona Jaffe
Mar      ‘A Handful of Dust’ by Evelyn Waugh
Apr      ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque
May     ‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot
Jun      ‘The 39 Steps’ by John Buchan
Jul       ‘On The Road’ by Jack Kerouac
Aug      ‘I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings’ by Maya Angelou
Sep      ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustav Flaubert
Oct      ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
Nov     ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

Top Picks from the Get Active Bookclub
Our Get Active bookclub is organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust as part of their Get Active programme for the active retired. Please see www.templebar.ie for more information. This group meets each month to discuss fiction and non-fiction books that catch their fancy!

Top Picks from the Gutter Bookshop Bookclub
Our general bookclub began in January 2010 and meets each month to read and talk about a whole range of (mostly contemporary) fiction and non-fiction books.

HickeyColdEyeThe Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer-Hickey
Farley, frail in body but sharp as a tack. Waking in the middle of the night, he finds himself lying paralysed on the cold bathroom floor and his mind begins to move back into his past. Decade by decade, Farley unravels the warp and weft of his life, recalling loves, losses and betrayals with the dark wit of a true Dubliner.

ShriverKevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Eva never really wanted to be a mother, and certainly not the mother of a boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students. Two years later, it's time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startling correspondences with her absent husband.

OgawaHousekeeperThe Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
He is a brilliant maths professor with a peculiar problem - he has only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is a sensitive young housekeeper entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced, yet a strange and beautiful relationship still blossoms between them.

DeWaalHareThe Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces his netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

OConnorGhostGhost Light by Joseph O'Connor
Dublin, 1907. A young actress begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Many years later, Molly, now a poverty-stricken old woman, makes her way through London's bomb-scarred city streets, alone but for a snowdrift of memories.

MurraySkippyDiesSkippy Dies by Paul Murray
'Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair'. And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin's Seabrook College for Boys. From first love to the misuse of prescription drugs this is a unique and unusual story.

CapoteColdBloodIn Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Controversial and compelling, "In Cold Blood" reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. The book that made Capote's name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative.

SittenfeldAmericanWifeAn American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
In the closest election in American history, Alice Blackwell's husband becomes president of the United States. Their time in the White House is heady, tumultuous, and controversial but it is Alice's own story - that of a kind, bookish, only child born in the 1940s Midwest - that is itself remarkable.

McCarthyRoadThe Road by Cormac McCarthy
A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. 'One of the most shocking and harrowing but ultimately redemptive books I have read' Chris Cleave, Sunday Telegraph.

KilroyTenderwireTenderwire by Claire Kilroy
Eva Tyne, an Irish violinist living in New York, collapses after her solo debut. Still dazed after the incident, she leaves her steady partner, falls in love with a mysterious man, and comes across a rare violin of dubious provenance, for which she must raise the required payment in cash in less than a week.

DunnMinnowPeaElla Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
On a tiny island the author of the sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is revered as the only islander to have accomplished anything. A celebratory statue begins to lose its tiles and the council bans islanders from using the fallen letters. A rich and unusual novel celebrating the power of language.

KingsolverPoisonwoodThe Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against one of history's most dramatic political parables. The Poisonwood Bible dances between the darkly comic human failings and inspiring poetic justices of our times.

We hope that your bookgroup enjoys reading some of our top picks. Do let us know about books that your bookgroup has enjoyed!

2015 Bookclub Reads

Thu 8th Jan 6pm - Classics - 'Nicholas Nickleby' by Charles Dickens
Thu 15th Jan 6pm - Third Thursday - 'Incarnations' by Susan Barker
Thu 22nd Jan 11am - Get Active - 'Us' by David Nicholls
Thu 22nd Jan 6pm - General - 'Us' by David Nicholls

Thu 12th Feb 6pm - Classics - 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' by Truman Capote
Thu 19th Feb 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Paying Guest' by Sarah Waters
Thu 26th Feb 11am - Get Active - 'Academy Sreet' by Mary Costello
Thu 26th Feb 6pm - General - 'The Undertaking' by Audrey Magee

Wed 4th Mar - Dalkey Bookclub - 'Boy, Snow, Bird' by Helen Oyeyemi
Thu 12th Mar 6pm - Classics - 'Three Men in a Boat' by Jerome K. Jerome
Thu 19th Mar 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion
Thu 26th Mar 11am - Get Active - 'Treacherous Paradise' by Henning Mankell
Thu 26th Mar 6pm - General - 'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton

Wed 1st Apr 6pm - Dalkey - 'Spill Simmer Falter Wither' by Sara Baume
Thu 9th Apr 6pm - Classics - 'Brighton Rock' by Graham Greene
Thu 16th Apr 6pm - Third Thurs - 'Shotgun Lovesongs' by Nickolas Butler
Thu 23rd April 11am - Get Active - 'Do No Harm' by Henry Marsh
Thu 23rd April 6pm - General - 'The Snapper' by Roddy Doyle

Tue 28th April 6pm - Dalkey - 'The Last Word' by Hanif Kureshi
Thu 14th May 6pm - Classics - 'Suite Francaise' by Irene Nemirovsky
Thu 21st May 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Blazing World' by Siri Hustvedt
Thu 28th May 11am - Get Active - 'Shotgun Lovesongs' by Nickolas Butler
Thu 28th May 6pm - General - 'H is for Hawk' by Helen McDonald

Wed 3rd June - Dalkey Bookclub - 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' by Richard Flanagan
Thu 11th June 6pm - Classics - 'Barchester Towers' by Anthony Trollope
Thu 18th June 6pm - Third Thursday - 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt
Thu 25th June 11am - Get Active - 'My Brilliant Friend' by Elena Ferrante
Thu 25th June 6pm - General
- 'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr

Wed 1st July 6pm- Dalkey Bookclub - 'The House Where it Happened' by Martina Devlin
Thu 9th July 6pm - Classics - 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe
Thu 16th July 6pm - Third Thursday - 'Spill, Simmer, Falter, Whither' by Sara Baume
Thu 23rd July 11am - Get Active - 'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr
Thu 23rd July 6pm
- General - 'How To Be Both' by Ali Smith

Wed 5th August 6pm- Dalkey Bookclub - tbc
Thu 13th August 6pm - Classics - 'Gone With The Wind' by Margaret Mitchell
Thu 20th August 6pm - Third Thursday - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' by David Shafer
Thu 27th August 11am - Get Active - 'Cloudstreet' by Tim Winton
Thu 27th August 6pm
- General - 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thu 10th Sept 6pm - Classics - 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle
' by Shirley Jackson
Thu 17th Sept 6pm - Third Thursday - 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Thu 24th Sept 11am - Get Active - 'The Green Road' by Anne Enright
Thu 24th Sept 6pm
- General - 'The Undertaker's Daughter' by Kate Mayfield

Wed 7th Oct - Dalkey Bookclub - 'Family Life' by Akhil Sharma
Thu 8th Oct 6pm - Classics - 'The Plague' by Albert Camus
Thu 15th Oct 6pm - Third Thursday - 'My Brilliant Friend' by Elena Ferrante
Thu 22nd Oct 11am - Get Active - 'The Ballroom Cafe' by Ann O'Loughlin
Thu 22nd Oct 6pm
- General - 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' by Shirley Jackson

Wed 4th Nov 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'The Best of Everything' by Rona Jaffe
Thu 12th Nov 6pm - Classics - 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (+ Other Stories if you wish!) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thu 19th Nov 6pm - Third Thursday - 'All The Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr
Thu 26th Nov 11am - Get Active - 'A Spool of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler
Thu 26th Nov 6pm
- General - 'The Green Road' by Anne Enright

Wed 2nd Dec 6pm - Dalkey Bookclub - 'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr