The Lightbox Book Group


After the great success of the popular first Lightbox Literary Festival in April 2017, we felt inspired to offer something more for our book-loving visitors. The Lightbox Book Group now meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at Lightbox Lates

All are welcome to join, read the books, and get involved in a bit of friendly literary discussion. Meetings will take place from 6.00pm to approximately 8.00pm, and attendees are welcome to have dinner at Seasons Cafe, which will be open serving a tapas menu till 8.30pm.

Upcoming schedule and reading list:

Thurs 5 July 
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Thurs 2 August 
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

Thurs 6 September 
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

Thurs 4 October
Narrow Dogs to Carcassone, Terry Darlington
The hilarious true story of two pensioners and their whippet who sail from Stone in Staffordshire to Carcassonne in the South of France in a narrowboat.

Thurs 1 November | The Trick To Time, Kit De Waal
Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart.

Thurs 6 December | Two Lives, William Trevor
In Reading Turgenev, an Irish country girl is trapped in a loveless marriage with an older man but finds release through secret meetings with a man who shares her passion for Russian novels. My House in Umbria tells of Emily Delahunty, a writer of romantic novels, who helps the survivors of a bomb attack on a train to convalesce, inventing colourful pasts for her patients. Two novels, two women who retreat further into the realm of the imagination until the boundaries between what is real and what is not become blurred.

Thurs 3 January 2019 | Elif Shafak
A powerful novel set in Turkey and London in the 1970s, Honour explores pain and loss, loyalty and betrayal, the trials of the immigrant, the clash of tradition and modernity, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tears families apart.

Thurs 7 February 2019 | The Pigeon, John Le Carre
From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

Thurs 7 March 2019 | The Glass Room, Simon Mawer
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually, the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child.

To join The Lightbox Book Group, or for any enquiries, please email louise.musgrove@thelightbox.org.uk or call 01483 737800.

Free entry, suggested donation £3

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