The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group

The Upstairs Downstairs book group meet monthly to discuss books that we pick out for them, focusing on a wide range of fiction.

Find out more on their Facebook page, or see the list below for a collection of their previous reads.


  • Memorial by Bryan Washington | November Book Group Pick
    In November the book club will be reading Memorial by Bryan Washington. Find out more in their dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group.
  • The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper | October Book Club Pick
    In October the book club will be reading The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper. The next meeting is scheduled for 27th October at 19:30, upstairs at the Seven Stars pub. Find out more in their dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group.
  • Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi | September Book Club Pick
    In September the book club will be reading Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. The next meeting is scheduled for 22nd at September at 19:30, upstairs the Seven Stars pub. Find out more in their dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group. ‘I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.’ This is a tale of obsession and betrayal. This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers – between mother and daughter. Tara and Antara, the woman and her angry shadow. But which one is which? Sharp as a blade…
  • What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky | Book Club Pick
    In August the Upstairs Downstairs book group will be reading What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky. The next meeting is scheduled for 29th August at 19:30, upstairs in the Seven Stars. Find more information in the dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group.  ‘Manages something only a few books achieve: it makes you happy’ Munich Mercury On a beautiful spring day, a small village in Western Germany wakes up to an omen: Selma has dreamed of an okapi. Someone is about to die. But who? As the residents of the village begin acting strangely (despite protestations…
  • The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai | July Book Group
    In July the Upstairs Downstairs book group will be reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai. The next meeting is scheduled for 28th July, likely back to The Seven Stars pub. Find more information in the dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group. About the book: One family, two generations of women and a war that will change their lives forever. Ha Noi, 1972. As war breaks out in Viet Nam, twelve-year-old Huong clings to her grandmother in an improvised shelter as American bombs fall around them. For her grandmother, the experience is horribly familiar. This is…
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | June Book Group
    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett In June the Upstairs Downstairs book group will be reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. They are back to in-person meetings at The Seven Stars in Falmouth, and the next meeting is scheduled for 30th June at 7:30pm. Find more information in the dedicated Facebook group: The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group. About the book: The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different…
  • May Book Group Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Guard Your Heart’ by Sue Divin. The next meetings will be via zoom on Wednesday 26th May 7.30pm. Please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • March Book Group Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Dear Edward’ by Ann Napolitano. The next meetings will be via zoom on Wednesday 24th March 7.30pm. Please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • February Book Group Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell. The next meetings will be via zoom on Wednesday 24th January 7.30pm. Please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • January Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong. The next meetings will be via zoom on Wednesday 27th January 7.30pm. Please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • December Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Death Goes on Skis’ by Nancy Spain. The next meetings will be via zoom and in Dolly’s on Wednesday 23rd December 7.30pm. Please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • November Book of the Month
    The House Without Windows – Barbara Newhall Follett Discover a dazzling lost classic of nature writing and a visionary work of feminist empowerment – written almost a century ago by a twelve-year-old child… Eepersip is a girl with the wild in her heart. She does not want to live locked up behind the walls of a house. So she runs away – first to the Meadow, then to the Sea, and finally to the Mountain. Her heartbroken parents follow their daughter, trying to bring her home safe, but Eepersip has other ideas… Republished by Penguin with a new…
  • November Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘A Single Thread’ by Tracy Chevalier. The next meetings will be via zoom and in Dolly’s, please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • September Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘The Nickel Boys’ by Colson Whitehead. The next meetings will be via zoom and in Dolly’s, please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • August Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Akin’ by Emma Donoghue. The next meetings will be via zoom and in Dolly’s, please contact the group via their Facebook page for details.
  • July Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Nightingale Point’ by Luan Goldie. The next meetings will be via zoom, please contact the group via their Facebook page.
  • May Reading Choices
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo and ‘The Runaways’ by Fatima Bhutto. The next meetings will be via zoom, please contact the group via their Facebook page.
  • March Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens. The next meeting will be Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar.
  • February Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The next meeting will be Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar.
  • December and January Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Swan Song’ by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott. The next full meeting will be Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar. If anyone would like to join in the informal discussion at the Christmas party the choice for December is ‘The Winter Soldier’ by Daniel Mason.
  • November Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘The Last’ by Hanna Jameson. The next meeting will be Wednesday 27rd November at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar.
  • October Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘The Wych Elm’ by Tana French. The next meeting will be Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar.
  • August Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘Early Riser’ by Jasper Fforde. The next meeting will be the summer party Friday 30th August, for details please contact The Upstairs Downstairs Bookgroup
  • July Reading Choice
    The Upstairs Downstairs Book Group will be reading ‘The Western Wind’ by Samantha Harvey. The next meeting will be Wednesday 24th July at 7.30pm in Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar.