Reading group book collections


Here is the latest list of reading group book collections that are available from Lambeth Libraries. If you wish to set up your own book group or are in an already established group, we will be only too happy to provide you with books from the list.

During Covid restrictions we are relying more on e-reading and eAudiobooks. We have listed some of the available titles for groups to borrow. All eAudiobook and eBook titles can be found at

For further information contact Tim O’Dell on

Reading Group Simultaneous Downloads

Audiobook suggestions

  • Accidental Feminists – Jane Caro
  • The Age of Magic – Ben Okri
  • All That Man Is -David Szalay
  • Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (reading group collection)
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog – Georgia Blain
  • Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James (reading group collection)
  • The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion – Kei Miller
  • Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi
  • Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • Death of a She Devil – Fay Weldon
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • Happiness – Aminatta Forna
  • Harvest – Jim Crace (reading group collection)
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • How we Disappeared – Jing-Jing Lee
  • How to be both – Ali Smith
  • Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami
  • Lanny – Max Porter
  • The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel
  • The Lost Child – Caryl Phillips (reading group collection)
  • Lullaby – Leïla Slimani (reading group collection)
  • Milkman – Anna Burns
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (reading group collection)
  • The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • The Rebel – Albert Camus
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty (reading group collection)
  • Strange Hotel – Eimear McBride
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead (reading group collection)
  • The Wall – John Lanchester (reading group collection)

 eBook Suggestions

  • Arkady – Patrick Langley
  • The Bead Collector – Sefi Atta
  • Between the Assassinations – Aravind Adiga
  • The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  • Box Hill – Adam Mars-Jones
  • The Days of Abandonment – Elena Ferrante
  • The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (ebook collection)
  • Lot – Bryan Washington
  • The People in the Trees – Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Salt of the Earth – Józef Wittlin, Philippe Sands
  • Sarah Jane – James Sallis
  • So Many Islands: Subtitle:Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans – Marlon James
  • Swimming Home – Deborah Levy
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (reading group collection)

Crime Reading Group audiobook suggestions

  • The Betrayals – Fiona Neill
  • City Without Stars – Tim Baker
  • Crushed – Kate Hamer
  • Cult X – Fuminori Nakamura
  • District VIII – Adam LeBor
  • The Friend – Joakim Zander
  • The Other You – JS Monroe
  • Rules for Perfect Murders – Peter Swanson
  • The Scorched Earth – Rachel Blok
  • Stasi Wolf – David Young

Crime eBook suggestions

  • Murder at the Manchester Museum – Jim Eldridge
  • The Tokyo Zodiac Murders – Soji Shimada
  • Blood in the Water – Gillian Galbraith
  • The Missing American – Kwei Quartey
  • A Web of Silk – Fiona Buckley

Physical Books

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
Transcription by Kate Atkinson (click here for e-book)
The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (click here for e-book and click here for audiobook )
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker(click here for audiobook)
There Are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (click here for audiobook)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Smut by Alan Bennett
HhhH by Laurent Binet
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (click here for audiobook) (click here for e-book  
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Evelina, Or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (click here for e-book )
Academy street by Mary Costello
Harvest by Jim Crace (click here for audiobook)
The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Do androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K. Dick
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (click here for eBook)
Murmur by Will Eaves
Half-blood blues by Esi Edugyan (click here for audiobook)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Silas Marner by George Eliot (click here for eBook)
Ordinary People by Diana Evans(click here for audiobook)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (click here for ebook)
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Narrow Road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (click here for eBook)
We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (click here for audiobook)
The Spire by William Golding
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
Our man in Havana by Graham Greene (click here for audiobook)
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
This Lovely City by Louise Hare
The Ghost by Robert Harris
All among the Barley by Melissa Harrison
The Woman at 1,000 Degrees by Hallgrimur Helgason
For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The little town where time stood still by Bohumil Hrabal
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Brave new world by Aldous Huxley
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
The World in the Evening by Christopher Isherwood
The bird’s nest by Shirley Jackson
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James  (click here for audiobook)
Children of Men by P D James
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
The Girl who saved the king of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (click here for audiobookClick here for eBook 
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (click here for audiobook)
When I hit you, or, A portrait of the writer as a young wife by Meena Kandasamy
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
Burial rites by Hannah Kent
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox
In the Castle of my Skin by George Lamming
Capital by John Lanchester (click here for audiobook)
The Wall by John Lanchester (click here for audiobook)
Passing by Nella Larsen
A most wanted man by John Le Carre
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Hot milk by Deborah Levy
Zami: a new spelling of my name by Audre Lorde
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (click here for ebook)
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (click here for eBook)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (click here for audiobook)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (click here for audiobook)
All our names by Dinaw Mengestu
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Pure by Andrew Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A Meal in Winter – Hubert Mingarelli
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Courilof Affair by Irene Nemirovsky
An orchestra of minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje ( click here for audiobook )
Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell ( click here for e-book )( click here for audiobook )
Judas by Amos Oz
Why do birds suddenly disappear by Lev Parikian
Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar
How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters
Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips (click here for audiobook)
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (click here for audiobook)
Ten days that shook the world by John Reed
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin
The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald
We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Lullaby by Leïla Slimani (click here for e-book)(click here for audiobook)
An Honourable Man by Gillian Slovo
NW by Zadie Smith (click here for audiobook)
Star maker by Olaf Stapledon
Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale
Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Let them eat chaos by Kate Tempest
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth
Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
Candide by Voltaire (click here for audiobook)
Salvage the bones by Jesmyn Ward (click here for audiobook)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (click here for e-book)
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Life and loves of a she devil by Fay Weldon
Educated by Tara Westover
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (click here for audiobook)
Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
Stoner: A Novel by John Williams
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood (click here for audiobook)
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (click here for audiobook)
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Braised Pork by An Yu

All eAudiobook and eBook titles can be found at

Crime book list

Love Me Not by M J Arlidge
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Liberation Square by Gareth Rubin
The Final Hour by Tom Wood

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