Second Circle

Beware of the stories you read or tell;
subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness,
they are altering your world.
– Ben Okri

Find below a reading list for the Second Circle with some reviews. Click on any title in green to read the review.

The Wadebridge Bookshop, up the street from the Molesworth Arms, invites people in to browse and they have one of the largest collections of Books About Cornwall available anywhere – in the shop and online.


The Code of the Woosters   by P. G. Wodehouse – August
Listen to the Moon   by Michael Morpurgo – July
Star of the Sea   by Joseph O’Connor – June
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning   by Laurie Lee – April
Circe   by Madeline Miller – March
The Girl with the Louding Voice   by Abi Daré – February

The Comedians   by Graham Greene – December
Zennor in Darkness   by Helen Dunmore – October
Shuggie Bain   by Douglas Stuart – August
The Leopard   by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – July
Sleep No More   by L.T.C. Rolt – May
Dreams of My Russian Summers (Le Testament français)   by Andreï Makine – April
The Narrow Land   by Christine Dwyer Hickey – March
Mister Pip   by Lloyd Jones – January

The Boys in the Boat   by Daniel James Brown – December
The Tobacconist   by Robert Seethaler – October
Noughts and Crosses   by Malorie Blackman – August
A Gentleman in Moscow   by Amor Towles – July
The Outsider / The Stranger   by Albert Camus – May
The Garden of Evening Mists   by Tan Twan Eng – April
The Trumpet Major   by Thomas Hardy – March
Paris after the Liberation   by Antony Beevor – January

This is Where I am   by Karen Campbell – November
All the Light We Cannot See   by Anthony Doerr – October
I Capture the Castle   by Dodie Smith – August
The Map of Love   by Ahdaf  Soueif – July
Isambard Kingdom Brunel   by L.T.C. Rolt – May
The Rings of Saturn   by W G Sebald – April
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA   by Brenda Maddox – March
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine   by Gail Honeyman – January

Sweet Caress   by William Boyd – December
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists  
by Robert Tressell – October
This Side of Brightness   by Colum McCann – September
Love in the Time of Cholera   by Gabriel García Márquez – July
Thérèse Raquin   by Émile Zola – May
The Farm   by Richard Benson – April
Artist of the Floating World   by Kazuo Ishiguro – April
On the Black Hill   by Bruce Chatwin – January

Arctic Summer   by Damon Galgut – November
A Passage to India   by EM Forster – October
 by Max Anderson – August
Giving up the Ghost 
 by Hilary Mantel – July
  by Milan Kundera – May
The Hours of the Night   by Sue Gee – April
Bliss   by Peter Carey – March
The Poisenwood Bible   by Barbara Kingsolver – February

Silas Marner   by George Eliot – December
The Light of Evening   by Edna O’Brien – October
Gertrude   by Herman Hesse – September
A Week in December   by Sebastian Faulks – July
The Good Doctor   by Damon Galgut – June
Little Dorrit   by Charles Dickens – May
The Coroner’s Lunch   by Colin Cotterill – March
Timbuktu   by Paul Auster – February

An Italian Education   by Tim Parks – November
The Grass Is Singing   by Doris Lessing – September
On Beauty   by Zadie Smith – July
The Day of the Triffids   by John Wyndham – June
The Prince   by Nicolo Machiavelli – April
Trespass   by Rose Tremain – March
The Radetzky March   by Joseph Roth – January

The God of Small Things   by Arundhati Roy – December
Stoner   by John Williams – October
Sputnik Sweetheart   by Haruki Murakami – August
Short Stories by Alice Munro and by Anton Chekhov – July
The Post Office Girl   by Stefan Zweig – May
Miss Garnet’s Angel   by Salley Vickers – April
The Birthday Boys   by Beryl Bainbridge – March
The Waves   by Virginia Woolf – January

December conventus
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet   by David Mitchell – November
The Wasp Factory   by Iain Banks – September
A Fine Balance   by Rohinton Mistry – July
The Pursuit of Love   by Nancy Mitford – June
The Accidental   by Ali Smith – April
The Marsh Arabs   by Wilfred Thesiger – March
Disgrace   by J. M. Coetzee – January

A Visit from the Goon Squad   by Jennifer Egan – December
To Kill A Mockingbird   by Harper Lee – November
Scoop   by Evelyn Waugh – September
The Sense of an Ending   by Julian Barnes – August
The Quiet American   by Graham Greene – June
Madame Bovary   by Gustave Flaubert – May
The Plague   by Albert Camus – April
The Glass Room   by Simon Mawer – March
The Memory of Love   by Aminatta Forna – January

Brodeck’s Report   by Philippe Claudel – November
Perfume: The Story of A Murderer   by Patrick Süskind – October
Imperium   by Robert Harris – August
Heart of Darkness   by Joseph Conrad – July
Saturday   by Ian McEwan – May
Notes from an Exhibition   by Patrick Gale – April

Organizational meeting – March

Go to the Withiel Book Circle reveiws.