Bivar Book Club

Good news to all booklovers: we have started a new BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP!


BIVAR BOOK CLUB brings together booklovers once a month to talk about a book they’ve all read in advance.

The discussions are in English and we aim to explore various literary works, alternating between classics and contemporary fiction.

Everyone is welcome to join – regardless of profession, academic background or level of English. The aim is to share ideas about the book we’ve all read in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

We are going to have a different facilitator every month. If you are interested in being a facilitator, please send us an email to books (at) ­- including the name of the book you propose and why you chose it.

There’s no admission fee, but all contributions towards costs are welcome.


After three discussions (A Room with a View, The Magic Toyshop and Lucky Jim) it’s time to have a little summer break. There will be no discussion in July-August, we will be back in September with Jane Austen’s Emma.

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Discussing Emma at Bivar Book ClubBIVAR BOOK CLUB‘s fourth discussion will be on Tuesday 12 September at 19h30 and we will talk about

Jane Austen’s

Jane Austen has been credited with perfecting free indirect speech or discourse, a narrative style adopted by novelists writing in English to filter the world through multiple eyes including their own; an effect Austen employed to record Emma’s perceptions and reflect her protagonist’s thoughts and opinions without necessarily sharing them.


The reader is free to judge Emma with the result that some have loved her in much the same way as Austen herself – with reservations – whilst others have disliked her intensely. Was Austen too subtle? Is Emma discretely satirical or merely discrete? These are some of the questions we will raise during our discussion.


Bivar Book Club 30 June 2017BIVAR BOOK CLUB‘s third discussion was on Friday 30 June and we talked about

Kingsley Amis’

Does Amis do a good job of satirizing the university world? Is Jim nice or nasty?  Why does he get so drunk before his big lecture? It is 63 years since Lucky Jim’s publication, is it still funny? These among others were the topics that came up during the evening.

Bivar Book Club 19 May 2017BIVAR BOOK CLUB‘s second discussion was on Friday 19 May 2017 and in the good care of Kate Tyte we talked about

Angela Carter’s

This gothic fairy tale and coming of age story provided numerous themes to discuss, including growing up, the imagination, and the ways that literature and myths shape our understanding of the world and our identities.

Bivar Book Club 19 April

Our first discussion was on Wednesday 19 April 2017. The facilitator of the session was  Jonathan Weightman and we talked about

E.M. Forster’s

All together 16 booklovers shared their thoughts about the book and it was a very enjoyable evening indeed.