Messums Book Club

First Thursday of the month, from 6pm


Messums new book club will meet on the first Thursday evening every month to debate works by some of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time.

Starting with drinks at the bar we will gather in the barn to exchange ideas and views on the books and hopefully make some new friends.


The Go-Between

L.P. Hartley

Thursday 6 July, 6:30pm

Book ticket

When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. Written in 1953 this haunting story of a young boy’s awakening into the secrets of the adult world, The Go-Between is also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society.

‘Magical and disturbing’  Independent


Old Babes in the Wood

Margaret Atwood

Thursday 7 September, 6:30pm

Book ticket

Although Margaret Atwood is 84, this book is described as: ‘Gripping… a writer in full possession of her powers’ by the Financial Times. This is her first work of fiction since The Testaments which won the Booker Prize in 2019, and is a collection of 15 short stories in which Atwood looks deeply into the heart of family relationships, marriage, loss and memory, and what comes after.

“There is no greater living writer” Daily Telegraph

“The Outstanding novelist of our age” Sunday Times