Our next read for the BRC and BOC staff book group is . . . I am Malala


Our next book was chosen by BRC book group and the BOC book group on International Women’s Day.  We will be reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christine Lamb.

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The BRC book group will be meeting on Wednesday 26th April from 12-1pm in St. Michaels F3. And the BOC book group will meet on Thursday 27th April from 12-1pm (room to be confirmed).

If you can’t attend the meeting please let us know what you think of the book here.


Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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The BRC book group will be discussing Cecelia Ahern’s young adult dystopian novel, Flawed.  Ahern is best known for the very successful book and film, P.S. I love you, but this is her first book for young adults.

Flawed is set in a society where perfection is valued above humanity. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system, but following an act of kindness towards one of the “Flawed” is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival. We will be meeting on Wednesday 8th March from 12-1pm in St Michael’s F3.  Looking forward to hearing what you all think, but if you can’t make the meeting then please let us know what you think of the book.

BOC book group: Next meeting Thursday 9th March 12-1pm

BOC book group will meet on Thursday 9th March 12-1pm to discuss: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte.

Wuthering Heights

Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


There are many copies in the library if you’d like to borrow a book: shelf-mark 823.8 BRO.


There is also a DVD adaptation (1992) 823.8 BRO starring Ralph Fiennes: An adaptation of the classic tale of doomed love set in the wilds of Yorkshire!

Wuthering Heights Trailer 2012:



Book Group Author Talk

We were very privileged to have Graham Minett, local author and former MA Creative Writing student from the University of Chichester speak at our book group on 25th January.  Graham gave us a fascinating insight into his journey from part-time pleasure writer to published author.  He brought his characters to life as he spoke about how he created them and he read an extract from The Hidden Legacy.  I love to hear books read aloud! Most of the group were true fans and had read both of his books.  We are eagerly awaiting the next one to be published later this year.

If you have read his books then please remember to leave a review on Amazon now that you know what a difference it makes!

Hidden Legacy and Lie in Wait

Graham was pleasant, interesting and entertaining and we were all very sorry when our book group hour was finished!

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, we recorded the session.  Please follow the link below to view the recording.

Graham Minett at ChiUniBookGroup 25/01/17


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for January 2017 BOOK GROUP at BOC.

The next book we will be discussing at the Bishop Otter campus ( BOC) BOOK GROUP will be: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

Thursday 26th January 2017 in UH2 at BOC 12-1pm



A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’

For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of
Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.


Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and Memory Wall. His work has won numerous prizes in the U.S., including the Rome Prize, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, Granta named Doerr one of the Best Young American Novelists, and in 2011, his story “The Deep” won the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He lives in the mountains in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two young sons.


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NOVEMBER BOOK GROUP – latest news!

University of Chichester’s staff book group will be starting again next semester in NOVEMBER 2016.


Bishop Otter will now be holding their book group on Thursdays, so we won’t be able to Skype them. However the BRC Book Group have agreed that they will choose their own books for the Bognor group to read, but if possible the Bishop Otter group might read the same one as them. Therefore the 2 books groups can still keep in touch via the BLOG.

The next book BOTH groups will be reading in November is:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.



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From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

We all wish race was not an issue, says Ifemelu, talking about inter-racial relationships at a polite Manhattan dinner party, the day after Obama becomes the presidential candidate: “But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue, I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.”

Hope you enjoy reading it. And looking forward to our discussion in November ( date and room TBC)

Please feel free to post any comments you have.

Happy Reading!

see you soon

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Best book of 2015/16

The voa song for Issy Bradleytes are in!  Combining the votes from BOC and BRC book groups, our top three overall (and for BRC) were:

  1. A song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  2. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. The ice twins by S.K. Tremayne

However, the top three choices for BOC were:

  1. Quality of silence by Rosamund Lupton
  2. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. A god in ruins by Kate Atkinson


Looking forward to another year of great choices.  Thanks everyone!