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 meet – over a glass of wine – on the first Wednesday of the month. in the Holy Name Hall, Towers Avenue, Jesmond.

If you are joining us, please ensure that you have read the book beforehand as the discussion is confined to the book, its plot, characterisation, narrative etc.

The next meeting on 3 July 2019 will discuss How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge. David Lodge looks at the effect of the permissive society on the wider Catholic Church during the 50s, 60s and 70s. The novel centres on the lives of Polly, Dennis, Adrian and Angela as they comically come to terms with changing mores and their beliefs. (

Our summer novel, for discussion in September, will be Middlemarch by George Eliot.

The choice for the meeting 22 May was Robicheaux by James Lee Burke.

Future book group titles include:  The Turn of the Screw (Henry James), Small Country (Gael Faye) and The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker)