Our members are men and women of all ages who get together to enjoy relaxed, convivial discussions of books over tea and coffee (and sometimes home-baked goodies!).
Our first meeting in February 2013 was a great success, and our first book, Old Filth by Jane Gardam, sparked great discussion and was well received. The book club has gone from strength to strength in the capable hands of Megan Buckley and has recently passed hands to Michaela McDermott. We have occasional field trips to literary events and other fun outings; a regular supply of homemade baked delights, courtesy of many our our members; and a guaranteed dose of lively conversation, what more could you ask for!
You can find information about what we’re reading this month, what we have previously read, and book club FAQs below, as well as information about our discounted book club ordering service and tips on setting up your own book club!
Everyone is welcome to come along; there’s no need to book in advance; and we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all current book club titles.
You can also keep up to date with the Charlie Byrne’s Book Club on our Facebook group page for book club members!
Tuesday evening book club:
What we’re reading: Woodbrook by David Thomson
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 6, 6-7pm
Wednesday morning book club:
What we’re reading: The End of Days Jenny Erpenbeck
Next meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 10-11am
Thursday evening travel writing book club:
What we’re reading: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Next meeting: Thursday, January 19, 6:30-7:30pm
Books we’ve read:
Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Eight Feet in the Andes by Dervla Murphy
Falling Man by Don DeLillo
The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
Venice by Jan Morris
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Moscow Tales by Sasha Dugdale
Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Danube by Claudio Magris
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Martin John by Anakana Schofield
Berlin Stories by Robert Walser
Shadows on Our Skin by Jennifer Johnston
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
A Whole Life by Robert Sethaler
Tom’s Midnight Garden By Phillipa Pearce
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy
Blood River by Tim Butcher
Equal Rights by Terry Pratchet
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
A Study in Scarlet & A Sign of Four by Sherlock Holmes
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance by Robert Pirsig
Translations by Brian Friel
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Pleasures and Landscapes; A Traveller’s Tales from Europe by Sybille Bedford
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
West With the Night by Beryl Markham
The Story of Laura Gault by William Trevor
The Member of the Wedding Carson McCullers
The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Atlee
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Taste Of Love by Theodora Fitzgibbon
The Flaneur by Edmund White
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
Dept. Of Speculation By Jenny Offill
Spill Simmer Falter Wither By Sarah Baume
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi
Foster by Claire Keegan
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Malarky by Anakana Schofield
The Thing About December by Donal Ryan
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Stoner by John Williams
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Waterland by Graham Swift
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
Waterlog by Roger Deakin
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Homage to Barcelona by Colm Tóibín
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Thin Paths by Julia Blackburn
Parallax by Sinead Morrissey
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North by Andrea di Robilant
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
O My America! Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World by Sara Wheeler
Northline by Willy Vlautin
Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
Academy Street by Mary Costello
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Travels with a Mexican Circus by Katie Hickman
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
White Feathers by Susan Lanigan
Book Club FAQs:
Here’s a little more info about our three book clubs:
How did the book clubs get started?
Since March 2013, our Tuesday Evening group has been coming together on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm in the eponymous bookshop in the Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway, to talk about — well, books. Today, we have three adult book clubs:
Tuesday Evening Book Club: First Tuesday of each month, 6-7pm
Wednesday Morning Book Club: Second Wednesday of each month, 10-11am
Thursday Evening Travel Writing Book Club: Third Thursday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm
So how do the book clubs work?
At each meeting we have a friendly and relaxed (but rousing!) chat about the book we’ve read; we choose the title for the following month together as a group; we enjoy (often homemade!) baked treats and coffee, and generally have a good time. We’re a mix of men and women, ages 20-something-ish to 70-something-ish, and we always welcome new members of all ages, genders, and reading tastes. Feel free to come to any and all of our book clubs: you can drop in and out anytime as it suits you. We’re a pretty laid-back gang: no need to sign up or reserve a place or anything. Just turn up on the night. And, you don’t even have to come to the meetings to read along with us: there’s a 10% discount for everyone on the current month’s book club pick.
Do you have a Children’s Book Club?
Yes: We currently have two children’s book clubs for children aged 9-11 years facilitated by children’s section manager Ruth. For more information see our children’s book club page.
Do you take a break during the summer, or for Christmas?
Nope: we meet each and every month, January through December, so feel free to drop into one of our meetings year-round.
Any questions, contact Michaela at Charlie Byrne’s at 091-561-766, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our book club coordinators:
Book club facilitator Michaela McDermott recently took over our Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning book clubs. Book clubs began their successful run under the guidance of Megan Buckley. Megan has worked in publishing and bookselling since 1999, when she began her work life as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster in New York. She received her PhD in English from NUI, Galway in 2013, and is a freelance developmental editor specializing in practical nonfiction.
Although Megan still takes part in the occasional book club, she has passed the torch onto Michaela, who loves her new role within the book club. Michaela received her BA in English and Social Policy, as well as her MA in Literature and Publishing from NUIG and has keen interests in literary fiction, mythology, sci fi and children’s literature. Michaela’s favourite books include (but are not limited to) The Little Prince, Slaughter House Five, The Master and Margarita and absolutely anything by Tolkien.
John is our resident travel book expert at Charlie Byrne’s and was naturally delighted to establish a travel book club at Charlie Byrne’s. John has an MA in Medieval History and is currently pursuing a PhD in early modern travel writing. John is also the beneficiary of Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2015-2019 at NUI, Galway. Apart from travel writing, John has an interest in Irish interest novels, Irish history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and classics. John’s favourite books include Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, Danube by Claudio Magris and Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien.
Book club ordering service:
We love working with book clubs – not just our own! – and are happy to offer suggestions and place book orders whenever possible. We can order any in-print books for book clubs, and we offer a 10% discount on such orders to all book club members. We can also reserve any secondhand copies of book club titles, and keep them aside for book club members to collect. Just ask any member of staff, email us, or give Michaela a call at 091-561-766: we’ll help you find the perfect read for your next book club meeting.