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Tall, laid back, reflective & people pleaser.

Founder of The Book Cosy. Mother of 1. Enjoys readings, listening to music and cooking/baking. Lives in the country with her family, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs.

MEMBER SINCE: January 2008

FAVOURITE GENRE: Thriller & Suspense

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

BOOK CLUB SKILL: Does lots of research before choosing book club book

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes


Business owner and entrepreneur. Recently married (2018). Enjoys all things design, spending time in Thailand and reading of course!

MEMBER SINCE: January 2008

FAVOURITE GENRE: Suspense, Sci-Fi & Girl Power

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

BOOK CLUB SKILL: Stretching member's comfort zone with my book choices

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Breakfast Tea

Homely, calm, quiet & a thinker



MEMBER SINCE: December 2008

FAVOURITE GENRE: Medical fiction and factual fiction

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

BOOK CLUB SKILL: Finishing all books!

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier


Strong and full bodied with a frothy personality.

Lives a fast paced life combining a full time job in the city with managing a hectic household of 3 children, 1 dog and 2 cats (plus a long suffering hubby!) Enjoys the gym, particularly the yoga classes as a means of relaxation.

MEMBER SINCE: January 2008

FAVOURITE GENRE: Cultural fiction

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Famous Five by Enid Blyton

BOOK CLUB SKILL: Pronunciation of character names

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Espresso Macchiato

Strong and independent topped with a sense of fun.


Green Tea

Short, warm hearted and slightly bitter!

Married, mother of 2, grandmother of 5. A Dental nurse who enjoys reading and watching films. 



FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton, Little Women by Louisa M Alcott & What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge.

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle


Hot Chocolate

Comforting, sweet toothed with a touch of wit.


Married for 43 years, mother and grandmother.  Works for the NHS.  

Taught myself to sew on a singer treadle machine at the age of 9 and it is now a hobby I love to go back to every now and again. Fabric & paper fanatic and enjoy spending time crafting & making DIY's.

MEMBER SINCE: January 2008

FAVOURITE GENRE: Psychological / Thriller

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines

BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


Cinnamon Latte

Sugar, spice & everything nice!

A creative entrepreneur running my own digital design company. Loves a good book and a coffee on a rainy day! But I'd rather be in New York or by the beach sipping on a cocktail.


FAVOURITE GENRE: Psychological Thriller


BEST BOOK CLUB BOOK CHOICE: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

How it works:

We all take it in turns to chose a book for the group to read. There are no stipulations about what books can or cannot be chosen but as a whole we tend to stick with popular fiction. The books are given out at the end each meeting normally followed by tea and cake.


We aim to meet every month to discuss the book we have all (hopefully finished) reading and to explore the themes/questions that may have arisen in the book. We then give each book a score out of 10. These scores are then added together, divided by the amount of people giving a score to derive our group average score.

How it started:

December 2007 sitting in a hair salon reading a glossy magazine, I came across an article about New Year resolutions. It suggested things to do in the New Year and yes, 'Start Your Own Book Club' was one of them. 

I have always had a love for reading but because of day to day life, I tended only to read on holiday. I thought this would not only encourage me to read more but also be a fun thing to do. So who to invite?

My first thoughts were friends and family. I set about sending a blanket text to those who I thought might be interested. As it turns out, most people thought it was either a silly idea or couldn't commit to reading books within a set time constraint. In the end it was close family members who agreed to join (perhaps humouring me). Nevertheless, I embraced their decision to join and set about choosing a book to start. 

Over the years (yes, years) we have seen members come and unfortunately go. We have had books that have made us laugh (although not many), cry, scream with frustration, feel hated towards and some that we have loved. We have shared not only the passion for reading but developed friendships whilst sipping wine and eating cake. I never imagined it would last as long as it has or become a regular part of my life.

- Gemma

The BookCosy Books so far




12. Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes - Martha Long

13. The Chameleon's Shadow - Minette Walters

14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson

17. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

18. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga

19. Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult

20. My Enemy's Cradle - Sara Young

21. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

22. Crazy as Chocolate - Elisabeth Hyde

23. The Girl on the Landing - Paul Torday

24. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

24. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man - Fannie Flagg

25. How to be Good - Nick Hornby

26. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell

27. The Rapture - Liz Jensen

28. Notes On A Scandal - Zoe Heller

29. The Help - Kathryn Stockett

30. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

31. A Beginner's Guide to Acting English - Shappi Khorsandi

32. One Day - David Nicholls

33. Hurting Distance - Sophie Hannah

34. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

35. Stone's Fall - Iain Pears


36. The Snowman - Jo Nesbo

37. Water For Elephants - Sara Greun

38. Into The Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

39. Pompeii - Robert Harris

40. Is There Anything You Want? - Margaret Forster

41. The House At Riverton - Kate Morton

42. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

43. The Death Instinct - Jed Rubenfeld

44. The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls



45. Left Neglected - Lisa Genova

46. Before I Go To Sleep - S J Watson

47. Girl Reading - Katie Ward

48. The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

49. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson

50. Cuckoo - Julia Crouch

51. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

52. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach

53. The Greatcoat- Helen Dunmore

54. The Bottle Factory Outing - Beryl Bainbridge

55. The Sugar Girls - Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

56. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch


57. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

58. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

59. Capital - John Lanchester

60. The Last Girl - Jane Casey

61. Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter

62. Ada's Rules - Alice Randall

63. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

64. Never Coming Back - Tim Weaver

65. What Have I Done? - Amanda Prowse


66. The Submission - Amy Waldman

67. The Burning Air - Erin Kelly

68. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

69. The Perfume Collector - Kathleen Tessaro

70. The Misbegotten - Katherine Webb

71. After the Fall - Charity Norman

72. The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R.Carey

73. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

74. The Martian- Andy Weir

75. The Land of Decoration - Grace McCleen


76. The Winter Garden - Jane Thynne

77. Elizabeth Is Missing - Emma Healey

78. The First Phone Call from Heaven- Mitch Albom

79. The Book for You - Claire Kendal

80. The Good Girl -Mary Kubica

81. The Children Act - Ian McEwan

82. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

83. I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

84. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

85. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

86. Lonely Girl - Josephine Cox

87. The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies


88. The Girl In The Red Coat - Kate Hamer

89. Behind Closed Doors - B A Paris

90. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin

91. Early One Morning - Virginia Baily

92. The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett

93. The Japanese Lover - Isabel Allende

94. Second Life - S J Watson

95. The Secret - Kathryn Hughes

96. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

97. The Reader on the 6.27 - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

98. Lust - Roald Dahl

99. My Sweet Revenge - Jane Fallon

100. The Forgetting Time- Sharon Guskin

101. Unravelling Oliver - Liz Nugent

102. The Couple Next Door -Shani Lapena

103. The Sunrise - Victoria Hislop

104. I See You - Clare Mackintosh

105. Good Me, Bad Me - Ali Land

106. The Wrong Turn - N C Marshall

107. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North

108. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden




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