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Books are not absolutely dead
John Milton, Areopagitica, 1644
Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather, and a little music out of doors
John Keats, letter to Fanny Keats, Aug, 1819
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough, A flask of wine, a book of verse...
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans Edward Fitzgerald, 1859

Next meeting: Talk – Wednesday August 2nd at Boxgrove Village Hall, PO18 OEE.  Richard Wilby: Iris Murdoch. 1.30pm for 2pm start.  

 New members welcome!  Visitors £5  Students £2

Richard’s talk will concentrate on her early life up to her marriage with relevant extracts from the novels and diaries. He will also be reviewing her earlier novels up to The Bell. He hopes it will be an enthusiastic introduction to Iris and her works. This promises to be a most interesting afternoon about one of the great British novelists of the 20th century.


Meetings will be moving to Boxgrove Village Hall, PO18 OEE from August 2nd, 2017. Monthly meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm for 2pm start.

We look forward to welcoming old and new members and visitors to our new venue!

Membership Secretary: Marjorie James  mjames131@btinternet.com