The Holy Name Book Club is open to all members of the community, no matter what their age or religion, who enjoy reading fiction. We used to meet – over a glass of wine – in the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond, usually on the last Wednesday in the month at 7pm. However, since the lockdon our meetings are held on the Zoom digital platform.

If you wish to join the discussions, please contact Tessa Burton-Roberts.  And please ensure you have read the book beforehand as the discussion is confined to the book, its plot, characterisation, narrative etc.


The next meeting is on Wednesday 21 July at 7.30pm and will discuss ‘ Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo. It follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.” (Waterstones). The novel was Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2020; Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020; Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020; and was Joint Winner of the Booker Prize 2019.

If you wish to take part in this Zoom meeting, please email Tessa at and she will send you an invitation, 

Future reads are:

Educated’ by Tara Westover

.’A Spy among Friends’ by Ben Macintyre 

‘In the Midst of Winter’ by Isabel Allende

‘Nemesis’ by Philip Roth 


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