Messums Book Club

First Thursday of the month


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. For those who want to stay on for supper the restaurant will be open for bookings HERE



Candy House

Jennifer Egan

Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm

Book ticket


The Candy House by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan is a book described as an ‘extraordinarily moving testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, family, privacy and redemption.’
It’s 2010. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, “Own Your Unconscious”—that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others—has seduced multitudes. But not everyone.

‘A complex, compelling read that showcases Egan’s masterful storytelling‘  Time



In the Distance

Hernana Diaz

Thursday 3 November, 6.30pm

Book ticket


In the Distance, the debut novel  by Hernan Diaz was nominated for both the Booker and Pulitzer prizes and is about a young Swedish immigrant who finds himself penniless and alone in California.
A book about loneliness, ideas of home and foreignness, solitude and companionship,  the protagonist meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Described as  a ‘gritty, anti-Western, Western,’ In the Distance is on its way to becoming a modern classic.




On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger

Thursday 8 December, 6.30pm

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We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning.

‘Thought-provoking…a gem.’  The Washington Post