Walking Book Group

Join our walking book group in 2019!

A first for York, our monthly walks are a great opportunity to share and talk about interesting books you have read, meet friendly local people and discover easy walks, and the best cafes in York.

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book and hear about what others have read
  • Enjoy a chat in a café afterwards

We offer some suggestions for books which come largely from the library catalogue and our leader’s knowledge and love of books, but there is no requirement to read any of these, feel free to bring memories of your own reading on the theme.

We meet 11am, first Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is outside York Explore on Museum Street. https://goo.gl/maps/SZPa7WU7v6K2

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 2 January- theme is the Cinema/Film

Some suggestions for reading around this theme drawn from York Explore Catalogue:

Sofia Coppola : a cinema of girlhood by Fiona Handyside

Leopard Rock by Tarras Wilding

The cinema of Latin America by Alberto Elena

The growing pains of Jennifer Ebert, aged 19 going on 91 by David Barnett

Anything you can imagine : Peter Jackson and the making of Middle-Earth by Ian Nathan

Elizabeth I in film and television : a study of the major portrayals
by Bethany Latham

The shark and the albatross : adventures of a wildlife film-maker
by John Aitchison

Tintin and the Lake of Sharks : a Tintin film book

Some additional books to consider over Christmas

Nathanel West: The Day of the Locust (catalogues waifs and strays in depression era Hollywood)

Evelyn Waugh: The Loved One (English poet moves to Hollywood to work on a film which gets stuck in development)

Paul Auster: The Book of Illusions 

Mark Danielewski: House of Leaves 

David Thomson: Suspects (Mystery involving biographies of fictional characters in Old Hollywood) 

Raymond Chandler: The Little Sister (examines the relationship between a budding screen star and a notorious local gangster) 

Bruce Wagner: Force Majeure (bleakly funny semi-autobiographical insider’s perspective on the motion picture business)

James Lever: Me Cheeta (irresistible memoir/ autobiography of the chimpanzee from the Tarzan films)

Joan Didion: Play It As It Lays (a ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s). 

Brian Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret (stunning book with large parts of the story told through illustration)

Gertrude Chandler Warner: The Ghost at the Drive-In


These easy walks aim to be suitable for most ages and abilities. They are on pavements or good footpaths, mostly on the flat. They last around an hour with breaks if necessary. Please wear walking and mud-friendly shoes and bring waterproofs or sunscreen and water, depending on the forecast. We may adjourn to a cafe during or afterwards, depending on what the group wants to do.

Volunteer leaders!

We are looking for volunteers to help us run the walks, so do get in touch if you are interested – see volunteer role description here.

If you’d like to find out more, talk to us at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or call 01904 274790.

“Beautiful way to spend an hour. Gave me a warm glow that lasted the rest of the day”. Katrina.