Riverside Readers is a vibrant, friendly and informal book club which meets at Westacre Theatre on the first Wednesday of every month – and has been doing so for more than 12 years. Run by Michael Fletcher, the group read and talk about a broad range of genres. Over the years, these have included modern fiction, classical literature, travel, biography, short stories and poetry. The group also holds an annual book swap.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Westacre Theatre’s Riverside Readers:


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 6th February

Text: Snap – Belinda Bauer



Historical List of Books

Spring 2006

The Bad Mother’s Handbook – Kate Long

Something Might Happen – Julie Myerson

The Office of Innocence – Thomas Kenneally

The Colour – Rose Tremain


Summer 2006

Burnt Out Case – Graham Greene

End of the Affair – Graham Greene

Quiet American – Graham Greene

Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene

House of Women – Lynn Freed

Becoming Strangers – Louise Dean

Mr. Paradise – Elmore Leonard

Lost Lands – Alexandra Platt

In the Empire of Genghis Khan – Stanley Stewart

Long Way Round – Ewan McGregor

Stranger on a Train – Jenny Diski


Autumn 2006

The Mermaid and the Drunks – Ben Richards

The Siege – Helen Dunmore


Spring 2007

Lost in the Forest – Sue Miller

Clay – David Almond

According to Queenie – Beryl Bainbridge

War Crimes for the Home – Liz Jensen

Watershed – Maggie Makepeace

Little Face – Sophie Hannah

The Promise of Happiness – Justin Cartwright


Summer 2007

Pompeii – Robert Harris

Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

The Bullet Trick – Louise Welch


Autumn 2007

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller

Redemption – Kay Langdale

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Aiding and Abetting – Muriel Spark

Finishing School – Muriel Spark

The Ballad of Peckham Rye – Muriel Spark

The Needle in the Blood – Sarah Bower


Spring 2008

The Laments – George Hagen

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday

Samuel Pepys, The Unequalled Life – Claire Tomlain


Summer 2008

Be Near Me – Andrew O’Hagan

Bury Her Deep – Catriona McPherson

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss – Alan Judd

Eve Green – Susan Fletcher


Autumn 2008

Attention All Shipping – Charlie Connelly

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler


Spring 2009

Dissolution – C.J. Sansom

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Brick Lane – Monica Ali

The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman


Summer 2009

Keeping Mum – Brian Thompson

Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

Blood River – Tim Butcher

Engleby – Sebastian Faulks


Autumn 2009

On Dover Beach – Matthew Arnold

Journey of the Magi – T.S. Eliot

Battle Hymn of the Republic – Julia Ward Howe

The Great Lover – Jill Dawson

Runaway – Alice Munro


Spring 2010

The Road Home – Rose Tremain

The Beacon – Susan Hill

Wildwood – Roger Deakin

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters


Summer 2010

Nightwatch – Sarah Waters

The Clothes on their Backs – Linda Grant

White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

The Gathering – Anne Enright

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

Pilgrim State – Jacqueline Walker

Restless – William Boyd

Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd

Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd

A Good Man in Africa – William Boyd

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


Autumn 2010

Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively

The Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller

Excellent Women – Barbara Pym


Spring 2011

The Outcast – Sadie Jones

Black Lands – Belinda Bauer

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill


Summer 2011

The Kite Runner – Khaled Husseini

Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee

Orlando – Virginia Woolf

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier


Autumn 2011

A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks

Works by Stella Rimington

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Trespass – Rose Tremain


Spring 2012

Room – Emma Donoghue

I Walked by Night – Liias Ryder Haggard

The Millstone – Margaret Drabble

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim


Summer 2012

Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver

The Betrayal – Helen Dunmore

Stuart, A Life Backwards – Alexander Masters

Wild Mary – Patrick Marnham


Autumn 2012

One Day – David Nicholls

The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway

Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson

Going Postal – Terry Pratchett


Spring 2013

Oystercatchers – Susan Fletcher

Of Mutability – Jo Shapcott

The Red Queen – Phillipa Gregory


Summer 2013

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Snowdrops – A.D. Miller

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Rebecca Miller

The Song of Achilles – Madeleine Miller


Autumn 2013

To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford

The World’s Wife – Carol Ann Duffy

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe


Spring 2014

The Help – Kathryn Stocklett

Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain

 Crow Country – Mark Cocker


Summer 2014

Silas Marner – George Eliot

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Husseini

Lucky Bunny – Jill Dawson

The Garden Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joice


Autumn 2014

Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosee

Pure – Andrew Miller

The Tin Can Tree – Anne Tyler

Earthly Possessions – Anne Tyler

The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler

If Morning Ever Comes – Anne Tyler

The Clock Winder – Anne Tyler

Back When We Were – Anne Tyler

Grown Ups – Anne Tyler


Spring 2015

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

The Thread – Victoria Hislop

The Shrimp and the Anemone – L.P. Hartley


Spring-Summer 2016

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen.

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

TransAtlantic – Colum McCann

Various works – Anton Chekov.


Spring-Summer 2017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible – Peter Pomeranstev

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr


Autumn 2017

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

Hag Seed – Margaret Attwood

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard


Spring 2018

No Expense Spared – Robert Winnett and Gordon Rayner

Three Daughters of Eve – Elif Shafak

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Ecco

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery


Summer 2018

Inside the Wave – Helen Dunmore

Human Remains – Elizabeth Haynes

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North


Autumn 2018

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela

The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

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