Gloucester Road Books is starting
a translated literature book club!

The book club is now full!

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please fill in the form below.
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Each month we’ll meet in the shop to discuss a book that has been translated into English. Mostly these will be novels, but we’ll mix it up occasionally with short stories or non-fiction.

These meetings won’t be ticketed, but you’ll need to buy the book from us in order to attend.

We’re going to start with a list of 12 people and see how we get on (we’ll also keep a waiting list for anyone who doesn’t initially make it into that 12). We don’t expect everyone to make every single meeting, but it would be lovely to have a regular crew, so please only sign up if you think you’ll be able to make the majority of meetings.

The first meeting will be on Thursday 18th May, from 6.15–7.30 in the bookshop. Future meetings will be once a month, on Thursdays, at the same time. 

We’re going to start with Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel. Time Shelter is on the longlist for the Booker International Prize 2023, and Olga Tokarczuk says it’s ‘The most exquisite kind of literature’ which isn’t a bad endorsement! There’s a link here so you can have a read of the blurb:

For future meetings we (Gloucester Road Books) will choose a shortlist of titles and put them to the group for a vote, with the winner being read for next month’s meeting.

If you’d like to join the book club please fill in the form below or send us an email at