Book Club

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
– Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

Since February 2005, Nicola has been organising her Book Club by season with a selection of 5 books by both men and women writers from each of the 5 continents (Africa & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, Europe & the Middle East, North America, South America). The books chosen are primarily contemporary fiction, often new releases and occasionally classics.

These are the seasons (some with a “theme”) we have organised so far:

  • Seasons 1-3 – no theme (2005-2006)
  • Season 4 – “From Book To Film” (2006)
  • Season 5 – “Censorship in the 21st Century” (2007)
  • Season 6 – “World Classics (the past is masculine)” (2007)
  • Season 7 – “Future World Classics (the future is feminine)” (2008)
  • Season 8 – “Love and Passion in World Literature” (2008)
  • Season 9 – “War and Conflict around the World” (2009)
  • Season 10 – “First Novels” (2009)
  • Season 11 – “Short Stories” (2010)
  • Season 12 – “Book to Film Adaptations” (2010)
  • Season 13 – “Politics and Religion” (2011)
  • Season 14 – “Satire” (2011)
  • Season 15 – “Fantasy and the Fantastic” (2012)
  • Season 16 – “Journeys in Time” (2012)
  • Season 17 – “The Human Condition” (2013)
  • Season 18 – no theme (2015)
  • Season 19 – no theme (2015-2016)
  • Season 20 – no theme (2016-2017)
  • Season 21 – no theme (2017-2018)

If you would like to receive the reading lists, please send us a message via the contact page.

The group meets once a month or every two months in Brussels, Belgium. The discussions, led by Nicola, are lively and interesting, leaving the readers with an added value to each book. At the end of each meeting, Nicola asks readers to give a score for the book, so that at the end of the season, one of the 5 stands out as the favourite.

Here are some of the book club favourites:

  • “Pilgrim” by Timothy Findley (Canada) – Read More
  • “Tsotsi” by Athol Fugard (South Africa) – Read More
  • “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (US) – Read More
  • “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia) – Read More
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood (Canada) – Read More
  • “The Bad Girl” by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) – Read More
  • “The Attack” by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria) – Read More
  • “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga (India) – Read More
  • “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) – Read More
  • “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap (Thailand) – Read More
  • “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee (South Africa) – Read More
  • “Seeing” by José Saramago (Portugal) – Read More
  • “The Brothers’ Lot” by Kevin Holohan (Ireland) – Read More
  • “Living in the Maniototo” by Janet Frame (New Zealand) – Read More
  • “Black Mamba Boy” by Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia) – Read More
  • “Hustle” by Will Ferguson (Canada) – Read More
  • “The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman” by Denis Thériault (Canada) – Read More
  • “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan (Australia) – Read More
  • “Island of a Thousand Mirrors” by Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka) – Read More
  • “Lyrics Alley” by Leila Aboulela (Sudan) – Read More