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Louth International Women's Association: Literature Groups

The Literature Groups are a small groups which meets six times a year a member's home for a discussion of a chosen book followed by finger-food provided by the members.  Meetings start at 2.30 pm.

Literature Group One meet on Friday afternoons and Literature Group Two meet on alternate months on Tuesday afternoons at different member's homes. 

IWA Members can subscribe to one or both groups.

The addresses of the private venues are indicated with members' initials on the website but available on becoming a member.

Members bring finger food and tea or coffee is provided. Each member contributes £1.00 to the hostess on the day. More details are given to subscribers.

At the bottom of this page is a list of all the books read in the IWA Literature Groups since 1990 - Thanks to past and present members who contributed to the compilation.

Literature Group One, Fridays at 14.30

2Oth May. The Lost Estate aka Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain Fournier, Chosen by MG. Venue, MG.

15th July. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, chosen by SL, Venue, SL.

16th September, The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker, Chosen by PM, Venue PM.

18th November, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, Chosen by BW, Venue BW.

20th January 2023, On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming, Chosen by IW, Venue IW.

17th March 2023, The Offing by Benjamin Myers, chosen by SB, Venue SB.

Literature Group Two, Tuesdays at 2.30pm. 

Venues will be at the home of the member who suggested the book unless otherwise arranged.

20th December 2022, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Suggested by JH.

21st February 2023, In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.
Suggested by PE.  

18th April 2023, Olga by Bernhard Schlink 
Suggested by IO.

21st June 2023, From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus.
Suggested by SB. 

15th August 2023, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. Suggested by MB.

17th October 2023, The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay. 
Suggested by HB.

LITERATURE GROUPS 1 and 2: BOOKS READ from 1990 until Oct 2022 projected Oct 2023
Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart
Addonia, Sulaiman: The Consequences of Love
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Half of a Yellow Sun
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: The Purple Hibiscus
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Americannah
Adiga, Aravind: The White Tiger
Alain-Fournier, Henry: The Lost Estate
Allende, Isabel: The House of the Spirits
Angelou, Maya: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings
Asensi, Matilde: Checkmate in Amber
Atkinson, Kate: Human Croquet
Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaids Tale
Atwood, Margaret: Hag-Seed
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
Backman, Fredrik: A Man Called Ove
Baricco, Allessandro: Silk
Barker, Pat: The Silence of the Girls
Barnes, Julian: A History of the World in 10 & a half chapters
Barnes, Julian: A Sense of an Ending
Bennett, Brit: The Vanishing Half
Bernieres, Louis de: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Bernieres, Louis de: Birds without Wings
Bernstein, Marcelle: Sacred and Profane
Birch, Carol: Jamrach’s Menagerie
Blackburn, Julia: Daisy Bates
Brink, Andre: An Instant in the Wind
Brown, Dan: The da Vinci Code
Buchanan Rowan Hisayo: Harmless like you
Burton, Jessie: The Miniaturist
Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood
Cary, Joyce: Mister Johnson
Cela Camilo José: The Hive
Chekhov, Anton: Short Stories
Chevalier, Tracy: The Last Runaway
Coetze, J M: The life and Times of Michael K
Colette: The Ripening Seed
Copleton, Jackie: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Cumming, Laura: On Chapel Sands
Cunningham, Michael: The Hours
Desai, Anita: Clear Light of Day
Desai, Anita: Fasting, Feasting
Dibdin, Michael: Ratking
Dickens, Charles: Hard Times
Dimbleby, Joscelyn: Profound Secret
Diski, Jenny: Stranger on a Train
Diski, Jenny: Skating to Antartica
Donleavy, J P: The Onion Eaters
Doyle, Roddy: The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Duenas, Maria: The Time in Between (The Seamstress)
Durrell, Lawrence: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus
Es, Bart van: The Cut out Girl
Esquivel, Laura: Like Water for Chocolate
Evaristo, Bernardine: Girl, Woman, Other
Faulks, Sebastian: Engleby
Faulks, Sebastian: Birdsong
Faulks, Sebastian: Human Traces
Faulks, Sebastin: Where My Heart Used to Beat
Ferrante, Elena: My Brilliant Friend
Forrester, Helen: The Moneylenders of Shapur
Fredrickson, Marianne: Hannah's Daughters
Gale, Patrick: Notes from an Exhibition
Gale, Patrick : A Perfectly Good Man
Gardner, Frank: Crisis
Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton
Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
Godwin, Pete:r When a Crocodile eats the Sun
Gregory, Philippa: The Taming of the Queen
Grenville, Kate: The Secret River
Haig, Matt: The Humans
Haines, Pamela: Tea at Gunters
Halliday, Lisa: Asymmetry
Harmon, Amy: From Sand and Ash
Harris, Eve: The Marriage of Chani Kaufman
Harris, Joanne: Chocolat
Harris, Joanne: Gentlemen and Players
Harris, Robert: Pompeii
Hartley, L P: The Go Between
Hawkins, Paula: The Girl of the Train
Hill, Susan: The Woman in Black
Honeyman, Gail: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
Hornby, Nick: About a Boy
Hustvedt, Siri: The Summer without Men
Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (incl Revisited)
Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never let me go
Ishiguro, Kazuo: Nocturnes
James, P D: Children of Men
James, P D: A Taste for Death
James, P D: Death comes to Pemberley
Jansson, Tove: The Summer Book
Kang, Han: The Vegetarian
Kanon, Joseph: Leaving Berlin
Kapuscinski Ryszard: Travels with Herodotus
Keane, Molly Time after Time
Kingsley, Charles: The Water Babies
Koch, Herman: The Dinner
Lapierre, Alexandra: Artemesia – the Struggle for Greatness
Lawrence, DH: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Lee, Harper: To kill a mocking Bird
Lemaitre, Pierre: Alex
Leon, Donna: About Face
Lessing, Doris: The Grass is Singing
Lev, Elizabeth: Tigress of Forli: The Life of Catarina Sforza
Levey, Marc: Children of Freedom
Levy, Andrea: Small Island
Levy, Deborah: Hot Milk
Lewis, Norman: Jackdaw Cake
Lively, Penelope: Judgement Day
Macdonald, Helen: H is for Hawk
McEwan, Ian: Enduring Love
McEwan, Ian: On Chesil Beach
McEwan, Ian: Nutshell
McEwan, Ian: The Children Act
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Leaf Storm
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
Martel, Yann: The Life of Pi
Miller, Sue: The Good Mother
Moggach, Deborah: Smile and other stories
Morgan, Marlo: Mutant Message down under
Morrison, Blake: When did you last see your Father?
Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye
Munro, Alice: Dear Life
Murphy, Dervla: Full Tilt
Myers, Benjamin: The Offing
Nafisi, Asar: Reading Lolita in Tehran
Nemirovsky, Irene: Suite Francaise
Okri, Ben: Astonishing the Aods
Owens, Delia: Where the Crawdads Sing
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo: The Painter of Battles
Picoult, Jodi: Vanishing Acts
Picoult, Jodi: Small Great Things
Redfield, James: The Celestine Prophecy
Rhys, Jean: Sargasso Sea
Rindell, Suzanne: The Other Typist
Robinson, Marylinne: Gilead
Roy, Arundhati: The God of Small Things
Rubens, Bernice: A 5-year Sentence
Russell, Willy: The Wrong Boy
Sagan, Francoise: Bonjour Tristesse
Sage, Lorna: Bad Blood
Schlink, Bernhard: Flights of Love
Schlink, Bernhard: The Reader
Scott Fitzgerald, F: Tender is the Night
Seirestad, Aase: The Bookseller of Kabul
Seth, Vikram: An Equal Music
Shakespeare, Nicholas: The Vision of Elena Silves
Shamsie, Kamila: Broken Verses
Sharp, Tom: Wilt
Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
Shreve, Anita: Light on Snow
Shute, Jennifer: Life size
Slovo, Gillian: Black Orchids
Susskind, Patrick: Perfume
Syal, Meera: Life's not all ha-ha, hee-hee
Syal, Meera: The House of Hidden Mothers
Tan, Amy: The Opposite of Fate
Taylor, Elizabeth: Angel
Theriault, Denis: The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Thomas, D M: The White Hotel
Toibin, Colm: The Testament of Mary
Toibin, Colm: Nora Webster
Toibin, Colm: The Story of the Night
Tremain, Rose Restoration
Vickers, Sallye: Miss Garnet's Angel
Walker, Alice: The Temple of My Familiar
Wesley, Mary: Part of the Furniture
Williams, John: Stoner
Winterson, Jeanette: Oranges are not the only Fruit
Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse
Zafon, Carlos: Shadow of the Wind




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