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Moby Dick, by Herman Melville


If you like to read ? and need inspiration and the opportunity to chat with other book lovers  – then it’s time to join the BYC Book Club.

–  Please note – the Book Club is only open to BYC members and guests of members (who must be signed in)

Scroll down to learn more about the club and how it works.

To join the book club / attend the next meeting, either contact the office and they can get you added to the Whatsapp group, or complete the form at the link below.

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Moby DIckFebruary:  Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

The genre of the month is ‘Classics’ so we are setting about reading Moby Dick, the story of a whale.

Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab’s quest to avenge the whale that ‘reaped’ his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic.

But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab’s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each.

We will discuss this book in the Main Lounge on Thursday, 7th March at 8pm at the Club Main Bar.

Past reads:


  • January  –  The Trial,  by Rob Rinder  (Book Club score 6.71/10)


  • December  – The Outrun, by Amy Liptrot (Book Club score 7.1/10)
  • November – In The Company Of The Courtesan Paperback, by Sarah Dunant  (Book Club score 8.1/10)
  • October – Brain on Fire: My month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan  (Book Club score 7/10)
  • September – After the Silence, by Louise O’Neill  (Book Club score 7.2/10)
  • August – The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer (From those that finished it – 6.5 (4 readers) All readers, whether finished or not – 4.9 (9 readers))
  • July – Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus (Book Club score 8.2/10)
  • June – The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki (Book Club score 7.2/10)
  • May – Snow by John Banville (Book Club score 7.3/10)
  • April – Erebus by Michael Palin
  • March – Dracula by Bram Stoker (Book Club score 7.5/10)
  • February – The Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor (Book Club score 7.3/10)
  • January – The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page (Book Club score 6.6/10)


  • December – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Book Club score 6.9/10)
  • November – Milkman by Anna Burns (Book Club score  9.8 – of those who finished the book!)
  • October – Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl  (Book Club score 7.75/10)
  • September – A Woman Made of Snow by Elisabeth Gifford
  • August – Wintering by Katherine May (Book Club score 5.25/10)
  • July – The Therapist by BA Paris (Book Club score 5.9/10)
  • June – Away with the Penguins by (Book Club score 8.1/10)
  • May – The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (Book Club score 5.2/10)
  • April – Endurance by Aldred Lansing (Book Club score 8/10)
  • March – The Glass Cell, by Patricia Highsmith (Book Club score 7/10)
  • February – Lily’s Promise, by Lily Ebert and Dov Forman (Book Club score 6.9/10)
  • January – The Body, Bill Bryson


  • December – The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
  • November –  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer
  • October – The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, by Haruki Marakumi
  • September – The Waisted Vigil, Nadeem Askam
  • August –  The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  • July – Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
  • June – The Lost Man, Jane Harper
  • May – The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy
  • April – A Letter to a Lucky Man, Thomas Jobling
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  • February – The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

How the book club works

  • Note: the Book Club is only open to members and guests of members (who must be signed in).
  • The monthly catch up meeting is the first Thursday of every month at 8pm, meeting at the Club in the Main Bar.
  • At the meeting we discuss the previous month’s book. The discussion is guided by a cheerful ’emcee’ and that chat is lively and varied discussing the book’s plot, setting, writing style, issues raised (eg, homelessness in The Salt Path) – and the author. Nobody is put on the spot for their opinion and it is absolutely fine to just listen.
  • When we remember, we give the book a score.
  • A new book is drawn, blind picking  from the suggestions put forward by members of the book club.
  • Members purchase the books at their own expense and of course, if they don’t like the look of a book they are quite welcome to drop out for that month, but most people are in the club to try different genres.
  • If you’d like to join in simply sign up here: and you will be added to the club’s Whatsapp group where you can join the chat, and will then get the link for the Zoom meeting.

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