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 2017/2018


Book Choice by
 Thurs 14th Sept  Liz Cringle, Dale Park  Brideshead Re-visited  Evelyn Waugh
 Thurs 19th Oct  Gay Jarvis, Crosslands  Train Dreams  Denis Johnson Gay Jarvis
 Thurs 30th Nov  Sarah Emslie, New House, Oxen Park  East West Street  Phillippe Sands Liz Cringle
 Thurs 1st Feb 2018  Helen Adams, Light Hall  About Grace  Anthony Doerr Fiona Baxter
 Thurs 15th Feb 2018  Mandy Lane, Lilac Cottage, Oxen Park  A Place Called Winter  Patrick Gale
 Thurs 15th March  ??  Days Without End  Sebastian Barry Mandy Lane
 Thurs 19th April  John Walton, Roger Ridding  


  •  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
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)