Book one is pre-selected to get things going, and afterwards, we’ll vote between several options each period and select each book based on participants’ interests.
Connect and read with fellow alumni
Join in with thought provoking discussions as we discover the set texts together, moderated by a dedicated group leader who will encourage debate and suggest critical points for analysis.
The book we are currently reading, as voted for by our book club members is: The Bell by Iris Murdoch (Somerville, 1938).
'A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean.... Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel has themes of religion, the fight between good and evil, and the terrible accidents of human frailty.'
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Are you an alumni author?
If you have written a book which has been published in the last 12 months or is about to be released, and it is available to purchase from Blackwell's bookshop, you can email the editor of QUAD news to consider it for review on our QUAD website, please email Richard Lofthouse with the following information:
- Your full name
- Oxford Number (or college/year of matriculation)
- Title and description of book
- Date of publication
- Link to book on Blackwell's website