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The Saturday Book Club

In 2011 The Saturday Bookclub meet on the following Saturdays in the Central Library, Grand Parade at 11.15am:

  • 18 June
  • 9 July
  • 13 August
  • 10 September
  • 8 October
  • 12 November
  • 10 December

New members are always welcome

The Saturday Book Club's favourite books

Eating Scenery by Alannah Hopkin 
West Cork is now a popular holiday destination, no longer an impoverished rural backwater. Alannah Hopkin discovers a vibrant community of diverse people with compelling stories to tell.

  Eating Scenery

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
An exciting and imaginative Gothic thriller. One day a ten-year-old boy is taken by his father to the "Cemetary of Forgotten Books". The son is allowed to take one book, and his life is never the same after that.

  The Shadow of the Wind

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
On a misty London afternoon in 1886, a piano tuner receives a strange request: leave London and travel to the jungles of Burma to tune a rare grand piano belonging to an enigmatic British officer. It is a story full of mystique.

  The Piano Tuner

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
A great work of literary fiction in which the author attempts to uncover the conclusion to Dicken's last, unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It's a great thriller and a jolly good read!

  The Last Dickens

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building; several floors up is twelve year old Paloma, both living according to society's experctations. But when a new tenant arrives, things begin to change and a new world opens up for all of them.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Brooklyn by Colm Toibín
It is Ireland in the 1950s when opportunities for many young, Irish girls are slim. Eilis Lacey decides to emmigrate to Brooklyn, New York and starts to build a life when she is called back to Ireland where she is confronted by a terrible dilemma. It is a devastating choice between duty and one great love.


Across the River by Alice Taylor
The second volume in the saga of the farming Phelans and their neighbours, this book is a delightful tale of an Irish family in the 1960s. It is a story of land, conflict, and family traditions, and a glimpse into the culture and lifestyle of Co. Cork.

Across the River

47 Roses by Peter Sheridan
A delightful book in which the author gives an account of his parents' relationship from their first meeting over a poker game to their final days in retirement. At times humourous and heartbreaking, this is a story of fierce family pride coupled with the pain of grief.

47 Roses

Saturday Bookclub picture gallery

Fiachra Sheridan

Author Fiachra Sheridan meets members of the Saturday Book Club

John Stack

Author John Stack, meets members of the Saturday Book Club

Literary Trip to Macroom May 2008


Cork City Library Book Club members enjoyed a wonderful day out in the environs of Macroom. John Paul Cotter was the tour guide for the day: he told the story of Art Uí Laoire  and read pieces from “Caoineadh Art Uí Laoire”.  Joe Creedon met the group in the old cemetery in Inchigeela and spoke about the O’Laoire family, and sang a few verses of “My Inchigeela Lass” Corkery’s “Hidden Ireland” and “The Tailor and Ansty” were the subject around Gougane Barra, and music by local singer, Máire Ní Cheileachair was played on the bus on the way home.