Launched in May 2018, the Dulwich WI Book Club, The WISE Owls, meet every third Wednesday of the month to discuss the month’s read with a glass of wine, or two – sometimes three!

We get together at the Cherry Tree Pub on Grove Vale – not too far from East Dulwich station from 7.15pm. What better way of relaxing after work…

Bring your book suggestions with you and remember there must be an audio version too!!

The book being discussed at the November meeting is 

“The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin


 .. a sparkling romp of a story… [with a] witty and beautifully constructed plot … The Winter Queen has echoes of the plots of the nineteenth-century classics all Russians know: duels, reckless gambling, superfluous men and mysterious beauties whose salons are full of despairing admirers (Jasper Rees TLS)

He’s [Fandorin] … an engaging personality – conscientious, honourable, and pleasingly naive. Hence one feels the instant appeal of this gentle mystery, and appreciates the extraordinary Russian success of Boris Akunin … It’s a parable about the death of hope and innocence, as well as an effectively concocted story (Lesley Chamberlain Independent)

Boris Akunin has written a series of novels set in Tsarist Russia in the 1970s and featuring Erast Fandorin, a naive young police investigator … the story propels the idealistic Fandorin into the company of enigmatic and beautiful women, devious conspirators and a most unlikely Svengali intent on world domination … This may not be what we expect from Russian fiction, but it’s all very fast-moving and enjoyable (Nick Rennison Crime Time)

The mixture of the grisly and the light-hearted is characteristic of Boris Akunin, who in Russia is roughly the counterpart of John Grisham … The Winter Queen is as delicate and elegant as a Fabergé egg (Lev Grossman Time Magazine)

A masterful tongue-in-cheek mixture of crime and historical fiction (Ash Tarhuni, Bookseller WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

Happy reading and see you all at the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday 20th November, at the Cherry Tree at 7.15pm.

Book clubs dates for 2019 

18 December 2019 – The Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting – yay!