The English Language Book Club, ELB(A), meets every third Tuesday of the month. The book club is open to non-ASSG members who want to discuss books in English. We are usually about 8 people. The bookclub has now moved on-line – see the MeetUp site for details.

ELB(A): MEETING DATES   2020/2021

Sept 15
Wide Sargasso Sea
– Jean Rhys (1966)

Oct 20
The Lathe of Heaven
– Ursula K. Le Guin (1971)

Nov 17
Gösta Berling’s Saga
– Selma Lagerlöf (1891)

** no meeting in December **

Jan 19
The Bluest Eye
– Toni Morrison (1970)

Feb 16
– Jamaica Kincaid (1990)

Mar 16
Drive your plow over the bones of the dead
– Olga Tokarczuk (2009)

April 20
Night Boat to Tangier
– Kevin Barry (2019)

May 18
The Power
– Naomi Alderman (2016)

ELB(A): MEETING DATES   2019/2020

Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 18:30.

Sept 17
Late in the Day
Tessa Hadley (2019)

Oct 15
The New York Trilogy
Paul Auster (1987)

Nov 19
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick (1968)

** no meeting in December **

Jan 21  2020
Zadie Smith (2012)

Feb 18   2020
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison (1977)

Mar 17  2020
Fools of Fortune
William Trevor (1983)

Apr 21  2020
Marilynne Robinson (2004)

May 19   2020
Erlend Loe (2004)


(Third Tuesday of the month, 18:30)

Jan 15,     The End of Eternity  (Isaac Asimov, 1955)

Feb 19     Our Man in Havana  (Graham Greene, 1958)

Mar 19    Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project #2)  (Val McDermid, 2014)

Apr 16     A History of the World in 10½ chapters  (Julian Barnes, 1989)

May 21   Candide  (Voltaire, 1759)  (Project Gutenberg has a free eBook here https://www.gutenberg.org/files/19942/19942-h/19942-h.htm and there are several free audio versions here https://librivox.org/search?q=Candide&search_form=advanced )


Here are the books from the sixth season so far (Sept 2018-May 2019
Sept 18    Mrs Dalloway  (Virginia Woolf, 1923)

Oct 16      Go, Went, Gone  (Jenny Erpenbeck, 2015)

Nov 20     Frankenstein  (Mary Shelley, 1818) (there are probably other sources on the internet but here is a downloadable version https://archive.org/stream/Frankenstein1818Edition/frank-a5_djvu.txt / there are also several free audio book versions on Libravox.org but only one that explicily says it is the 1818 version https://librivox.org/frankenstein-or-the-modern-prometheus-1818-by-mary-wollstonecraft-shelley/)

These are the books for the fifth season (Sept 2017 – May 2018):

Here is the fourth season’s books (2016-17):

Third season (2015-2016):

  • Oct – The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  • Nov – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Jan – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Feb – Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • Mar – Open Secrets by Alice Munro
  • Apr – Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Second season (2015):

  • Jan 20 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Feb 17 Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe by George Eliot
  • Mar 17 To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • April 21 The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
  • May 19 Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • June 23 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Sept 22 A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul

First season (2014)  Jane Austen Book Club:

  • April – Northanger Abbey.
  • May – Sense and Sensibility.
  • June – Pride and Prejudice.
  • July  – Mansfield Park.
  • Sept – Emma.
  • Oct  – Persuasion.

The following link explains more about the books: ELBA book list 2016-2017

Read about the club and its programme HERE ELB(A)


The Bernard Shaw Prize

is a triennial award of £2,000 for translations into English of full length Swedish language works of literary merit and general interest.

Named after the author and dramatist, whose Nobel Prize went towards a foundation for ‘the promotion and diffusion of knowledge and appreciation of the literature and art of Sweden in the British Islands’, the prize was  established in 1991 and is generously sponsored by the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation and the Embassy of Sweden in London.

The winner of the 2015 prize (presented in 2016) was Thomas Teal for his translation of The Listener by Tove Jansson (Sort of Books). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17558590-the-listener

Sarah Death was commended for her translation of A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg (Granta). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22318560-a-brief-stop-on-the-road-from-auschwitz

The 2018 Bernard Shaw prize, presented in 2019, is for translations published between 2015 and 2017.  Entry deadline 28th Feb. http://www.societyofauthors.org/SOA/MediaLibrary/SOAWebsite/Documents-for-download/Shaw-Prize-2018.pdf