In May the book club will be reading ‘cli fi’ novel Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer.

Find out more in their dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group.



A speculative thriller about the end of all things, set in the Pacific Northwest. A harrowing descent into a secret world.

‘Jane Smith’ receives an unexplained envelope containing the key to a storage unit. And inside that storage unit is a taxidermy hummingbird and directions to a taxidermy salamander. Somehow, this bizarre treasure hunt, that Jane never expected or asked for, sets in motion a series of events that quickly put her and her family in danger.

As she desperately seeks answers, she discovers time is running out – for her and possibly for the world.