Yellow Caribou Readers

If you like talking about literature in pubs, we're the book group for you!

The Yellow Caribou Readers is a book group which meets monthly in Sheffield, England.

We read a wide range of books, usually fiction, but sometimes biography, poetry or uncategorisable.  The only rule being that they are available in paperback.See below for our past reads.

We now meet on the third WEDNESDAY of the month at 8.30pm at the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield. Usually we are in the Darts Room, upstairs.

For more information about the Yellow Caribou Readers, please send an email to tom [at] idiolect [dot] org [dot] uk
or join our Facebook group.

Forthcoming reads


17 Jul    Berg by Ann Quin
21 Aug    A Death in the Family: My Struggle, book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
18 Sep    Philip Larkin Poems: Selected By Martin Amis (Faber Poetry)
16 Oct    Autumn by Ali Smith
20 Nov    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
18 Dec    Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

Past reads


Jan 16th    Brief Interviews With Hideous Men By David Foster Wallace
Feb 20th    The Abode of Fancy by Sam Coll
March 20th    Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
April 17th    A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
May 15th    Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
June 19th    Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada


JAN 17th - Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future by Svetlana Alexievich
FEB 21st - The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
MARCH 21st - Fingers In The Sparkle Jar: A Memoir By Chris Packham
APRIL 18th - Temporary People Paperback by Deepak Unnikrishnan
MAY 23rd - My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
JUNE 20th - To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann (translated by Shaun Whiteside)

July 18th    The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
August 15th    The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
September 19th    War with the Newts by Karel Čapek
October 17th    The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin.
November 21st    Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd
December 19th    Last Stories by William Trevora


18th Jan - Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
15th Feb - The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
15th Mar - The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
19th Apr - Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin
17th May - The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

21st Jun - The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
July 19th - Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova
August 16th - Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me by Richard Farina
Sept 20th - The Shadow of the Wind: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books 1 by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Oct 18th - All Involved by Ryan Gattis
Nov 15th - The Interpreter by Suki Kim
Dec 20th - Highrise by JG Ballard


20th January - The Inheritors by William Golding

17th February - The Complete Grimm's Fairytales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

16th March - The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd

20th April - Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake:

18th May - The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold by Jeanette Winterson

15th June - Equus by Peter Shaffer

20th July Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin

17th Aug White Noise by Don Delillo

15th Sept The Poetry Deal by Diane di Prima

19th Oct Purity by Jonathan Franzen

16th Nov Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

21st Dec The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher J Koch


July 15th: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

August 19th: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

September 16th: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

October 21st: The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai

November 18th: The White Album by Joan Didion

December 16th: The Bees by Laline Paull


15 January 2014 *CHANGE OF DATE, NOW 22 January 2014*
A Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel

19 February 2014

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

19 March 2014
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

16 April 2014
The Sea Room by Adam Nicholson

21 May 2014
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

18 June 2014
Stoner by John Williams

16 July 2014
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

20 August 2014
The Plague by Albert Camus

17 September 2014
Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux

15 October 2014
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

19 November 2014
Men in Space by Tom McCarthy

17 December 2014
The Winter Book by Tove Jannson


16 January 2013
The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

20 February 2013 
Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook

20 March 2013
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (1990)

17 April 2013
Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald

15 May 2013
Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredrikssong

19 June 2013
Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barber

17 June 2013

Pure by Andrew Miller

21 August 2013
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 

18 September 2013
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. 

16 October 2013
The Body Artist by Don DeLillo.

20 November 2013
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

18 December 2013
The Killing of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman


19 January 2012
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene

16 February 2012
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
22 March 2012
The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte
19 April 2012
The Lacuna by
Barbara Kingsolver
17 May 2012
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
21 June 2012
Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

26 July 2012 n.b. Amended date.
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

16 August 2012
The Wild Places byRobert Macfarlane

20 September 2012
Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace

18 October 2012
Why be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

15 November 2012
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

20 December 2012
Spies by Michael Frayn


Thursday 21st January
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Thursday 17 February
Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban

Thursday 17th March
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Thursday 21st April
number9dream by David Mitchell

Thursday 19 May
Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Thursday 16th June
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

18 August 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

15 September  2011
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

20 October 2011
Candide by Voltaire

17 November 2011
The City & the City by China Melville

15 December 2011
The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination  by Javier Cercas and Anne McLean


15 July 
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5

19 August Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

16 September 
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

21 October 
Death and The Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
18 November 
Donna Tartt – The  Secret History

16 December 
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

January - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

February - Charles Bukowski - Ham on Rye

March - The Welsh Girl by  Peter Ho Davies

April - Paradise Lost by  John Milton 

May - Raymond Queneau: Zazie in the Metro

June - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


15th Jan - If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

19th Feb - Landor's Tower: Or, the Imaginary Conversations by Iain Sinclair 

19th March - Watchmen by Alan Moore

16th April - Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin

21st May - The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

18th June - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

16th July - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

20th August - The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

17th September - Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander

15th October - The Waves by Virginia Woolf

19th November - 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho

17th December - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


January 17th - One Good Turn By Kate Atkinson
February 21st - Under The Frog by Tibor Fischer
March 20th - The Cloud-spotters guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
17th April - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Attwood
15th May - On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
19th June - Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland

17th July - The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by GK Chesterton
21st August - Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson
18th Sept - The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
16th October - A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
20th November - Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction by Kate Wheeler
18th December - All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy


January 18th - Count Magnus and Other Stories, M.R.James (wintery...dark nights of January and a book of stories mean that we can at least read some of this book during the next three short weeks. This one was MOST popular - the fave)

February 15th - Love in a Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez(Love is always important in February)

March 15th - Stuart a Life Backwards, Alexander Masters (mmmmm cheery stuff for March, which is usually a wintery load of rubbish kind of month in my experience)

April 19th - The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (a long we have some easter bank holiday for catching up on reading)

May 17th - Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (another long one with a May day to help)

June 21st - Oracle Night, Paul Auster (lighter nights and a spot of sun means we can all cope with with some chilling Brooklyn storytelling.)

19th July - Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

16th August - Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

20th September - Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

18th October - My Ear at His Heart, Hanif Kureishi

15th November - Vineland, Thomas Pynchon

13th December - Thus Spake Zaruthustra, Friedrich Nietzsche - get the full text of the book, legally and for free from Project Gutenberg


February 16th - The Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills

All is not as it seems in this witty sardonic black comedy.

March 16th - The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

New-age existentialist fable where 'Heaven' is more like that of 'The Lovely Bones' than the afterworld of 'Paradise Lost'.

April 20th - Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

From the author of 'The Virgin Suicides'. A dramatic change of style and a BIG book about a rare genetic mutation and several generations of a Greek-American family. A nominated title for the Big Gay Read promotion.

May 18th - Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize, Adichie's novel is the story of family secrets set in Nigeria during a time of political unrest.

June 15th - Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden

Set in the First World War, Three Day Road is told through the eyes of two Canadian Cree Indians: Niska, the last Indian woman living off the land in Canada, and her nephew, Xavier. Race, Culture, and little known 20th century history.

July 20th - A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

17th August - We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

21st September - Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome

19th October - The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch

16th November - Affinity, Sarah Waters

14th December - Northern Lights, Philip Pullman

Before 2006

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter

Brick Lane - Monica Ali

The Butcher's Hands - Catherine Smith

Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture - Douglas Coupland

Ingenious Pain - Andrew Miller

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

The L-Shaped Room - Lynne Reid-Banks

The Motorcycle Diaries - Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson

Perfume - Patrick Suskind

Small Island - Andrea Levy

Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin

The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

Timolean Vieta Come Home - Dan Rhodes

The White Peacock - DH Lawrence