Rusland Valley
Reading Group


The Rusland Valley Reading Group (12 people) meets monthly and reads a wide range of books from short stories to climbing books, classical novels to biography. We want to encourage others to do the same, but feel that 12 is the maximum number of people that can hold one discussion - so if you are interested, there's no reason why Rusland shouldn't have more groups!


         The RVRG meets on the third Thursday of the month at 8.00p.m. over wine (or occasionally Pimms!) and snacks....

The Rusland Valley Reading Group at work (!), July 2013 (Click on image to enlarge)

(from left: Helen Pierce, Jean Crabtree, John Walton, Mandy Lane, Lin Macintosh, Sally Pike, Liz Cringle, Helen Adams, Jan Benefield, Carol Driver, Sue Brooks, Carol McNeill, Fiona Baxter)


Books for 2016/2017


Book Choice by
 Thurs 15th Sept  Sally Pike, Lands End, Crosslands   Cutting for Stone  Abraham Verghese
 Thurs 20th Oct  Jean Crabtree, Force Mills   American Wife  Curtis Sittenfeld
 Thurs 17th Nov  Sarah Emslie, Oxen Park   How to be Both   Ali Smith 
 Thurs 19th Jan 2017  Liz Cringle, Low Dale Park   The Riddle of the Sands  Erskine Childers
 Weds 15th Feb, 6.45 (change!)  Carol McNeill, Oxen Park.
To watch film Riddle of the Sands followed by book discussion:

   Portrait of a Marriage
 Nigel Nicolson Jan Benefield
 Thurs 16th March Sue Brooks, Bobbin Mill, Force Forge His Bloody Project  Graeme McCrae Burnet Helen Adams
 TUES 25th April Gill McKinnon, Park Barn, Oxen Park All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Gill McKinnon
 Thurs 18th May Helen Adams, Light Hall, Rusland  Ladder of Years  Anne Tyler Sue Brookes
 Thurs 15th June Mandy Lane, Oxen Park  The Little Red Chairs Edna O'Brian Sarah Emslie
 Thurs 20th July  Jan Benefield, Dale Park The Swimming Pool  Louise Candlish Jean Crabtree
 Weds 30th Aug
   7pm at The Manor
 Carol McNeill, Oxen Park  Film: Letters from  Baghdad
 Thurs 14th Sept  Liz Cringle, Dale Park  Brideshead Re-visited  Evelyn Waugh
 Thurs 19th Oct  Gay Jarvis, Crosslands  Train Dreams  Denis Johnson Gae Jarvis
 Thurs 16th Nov    East West Street  Phillippe Sands Liz Cringle
 Thurs 18th Jan 2018    About Grace  Anthony Doerr Fiona Baxter


  •  Other possible books on our list:



 Book Choice
Dangerous River: Adventure on the Nahanni

"In the mid-1920s Raymond M. Patterson left a comfortable position with the Bank of England for a life in with wilds of Canada. Here, he hunted, trapped, fished and prospected his way along the rivers he would later write about. This spellbinding book, his most famous account, chronicles his two journeys down the treacherous Nahanni River between the Yukon and the Mackenzie River, spurred on by his irrepressible lust for adventure and his quest for gold."

R.M. Patterson  Carol
A Place Called Winter Patrick Gale
The Honorary Consul Graham Greene
The Gap of Time (A Winter's Tale retold) Jeanette Winterson
My Father the Pornographer Chris Offutt  
Burnt Shadows Kamile Shamsie
A Passionate Sisterhood Kathleen Turner
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh

Memoir of a Survivor

Doris Lessing
The Nicholsons ??
The Dressmaker/ The Bottle Factory Outing/ An Awfully Big Adventure Beryl Bainbridge (HA to suggest)
The Accidental Tourist Ann Tyler
Libra Don DeLillo
The Seige Helen Dunmoor
Lila (?) Marilynne Robertson
The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
Trieste Jan Morris

Adventure Books:


The Worst Journey in the World

"The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers. A masterpiece of travel writing, The Worst Journey in the World is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration."

Aspley Cherry-Garrard


Archive of past booklists:

COMPLETE BOOK LIST to date (Excel format)