The Appetite Book Group

PUBLISHED: 15:34 14 April 2014

The Appetite Book Group

The Appetite Book Group


The Colchester-based book group assemble each month to discuss their latest read. Jo Coldwell tells us how you can get involved.

The Appetite Book Group is based in Colchester and has been running for eight years. Run by Jo Coldwell, it currently has more than 400 members, but each meeting, held on the final Wednesday evening of the month, comprises around 30 to 50 people. They meet over supper at a restaurant or cafe in Colchester, where they discuss their book of the month.

Jo tells me that The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, and On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan, have been among the most popular books they have read over the years, but admits they are yet to read a book by an Essex author! Always choosing fiction, they try to read the Booker Prize winner each year, meaning that Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries will be appearing on their list at some point. As well as meeting to discuss the books over food and wine, the group also organises occasional author visits and had a big party to celebrate World Book Night last year. If the book warrants it, as in the case of Revolutionary Road, the group will also arrange a trip to the cinema.

With such a large number of members, the Appetite Book Group works on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are required to pay £14, which includes a two-course meal and a glass of wine. If you’re interested in hearing more about this fantastic group, tweet Jo at @jojocolchester.

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