Moor Pool Reading Group

The Moor Pool Reading Group was born at the Moor Pool Festival in Moor Pool Hall on 12 September 2010, when a sign-up sheet was deposited near the organic vegetables. Since then it has met bi-monthly in the Small Hall, The Circle, Moor Pool, usually on Thursday evenings, 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

  • Readings are suggested and agreed by members

  • Books to be fiction, available and in paperback

  • Sessions start with a 5-minute introduction to the chosen title by the member who proposed it, followed by discussion

  • A small fee of £10 per annum has been agreed to cover expenses such as the hire of the Hall.

    Anyone interested in books and in discussing them is most welcome. There are a few photos here and for further details please e-mail Gillian Morgan.

    Unfortunately, our March meeting had to be cancelled due to covid19 restrictions, however, the book we were reading was “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. This is his second book and number one bestseller, which weaves thirty years of turbulent Afghan history through an intensely powerful story of family, friendship and ultimately hope.

    Mariam is an illegitimate child who only sees her adored father once a week. On those precious days they go fishing and he reads to her and gives her beautiful presents, but she can never live with him. When she decides to visit his home, a visit he does not acknowledge, she returns to find her mother has hanged herself. Determined that she will not secure a place in their household, her father’s wives marry her off to Rasheed, an elderly widower from Kabul, far enough for Mariam to be safely forgotten. Theirs is a marriage that soon deteriorates into brutality and misery, made worse got Mariam by the arrival of the orphaned Laila and Rashid’s decision to marry her. When Laila disappoints Rasheed by bearing a daughter, she too finds herself the target of his cruelty. Out of this unhappy household grows a friendship which will bind the two women in a union as close as any marriage and which will endure beyond death.

    There was limited feedback from the Group by email, which was very positive about this book and Khaled Hosseini generally.

    Our next meeting is provisionally on 21st May at 7.30pm. Please check beforehand.

    Anyone who is interested in joining The Moor Pool Reading Group should contact Gillian Morgan at for more information.

    Books discussed so far:

    Colm Tóíbin, Brooklyn introduced by Tricia Cusack (2 December 2010)

    Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat introduced by Alex Upton (27 January 2011)

    Linda Grant, We Had It So Good introduced by Jenny Stevenson (7 April 2011)

    Ondjaki, Good Morning Comrades introduced by Igor Cusack (2 June 2011)

    Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow introduced by Fiona Cotton (28 July 2011)

    Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child introduced by Karin Barber (22 September 2011)

    Graham Greene, Brighton Rock introduced by Celine Beards (10 November 2011)

    Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist introduced by Lynda Huddleston (26 January 2012)

    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones introduced by Janine Sutton (15 March 2012)

    David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars introduced by Pat Leadbeter (24 May 2012)

    Sarah Moss, Night Waking introduced by Jennie Nairn (19 July 2012)

    John McGahern, That They May Face the Rising Sun introduced by Igor Cusack (4 October 2012)

    Sofka Zinovieff, The House on Paradise Street introduced by Jenny Stevenson (6 December 2012)

    John Banville, The Sea introduced by Tricia Cusack (7 February 2013)

    Yann Martel, The Life of Pi introduced by Ann Griggs (11 April 2013)

    Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian introduced by Kate Nottingham (13 June 2013)

    Irène Némirovsky, Suite Francaise introduced by Celine Beards (15 August 2013)

    John Lanchester, Capital introduced by Lynda Huddleston (24 October 2013)

    Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants introduced by Janine Sutton (19 December 2013)

    Emma Donoghue, Room introduced by Sally Bourner (20 February 2014)

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus introduced by Carlyn Freeman (Thursday 8 May 2014)

    Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda introduced by Kirsten Lacey (Thursday 3 July 2014)

    Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time introduced by Joy Brain (Thursday 4 September 2014)

    Martin Sixsmith, Philomena introduced by Jenny Boucher (Thursday 13 November 2014)

    Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, loveship, marriage introduced by Jean McEntire (Thursday 15 January 2015)

    Philip Pullman, Northern Lights introduced by Lindsay George (Thursday 19 March 2015)

    Hilary Mantel, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and other stories introduced by Kate English (Thursday 21 May 2015: Kate unwell and unable to present)

    Colm Toíbin, Nora Webster introduced by Igor Cusack (Thursday 23 July 2015)

    Lee Child, Killing Floor introduced by Gillian Morgan (Thursday 17 September 2015).

    Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child to be introduced by Moira Herborn (Thursday 26 November 2015).