Book Groups

Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club

Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the new Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.

The chosen titles are available from Housmans with a 20% discount if you mention the book club. Any questions? Email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com.

Upcoming titles:

Thursday 4th July Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Thursday 1st August Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Thursday 5th September The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal


Housmans Queer Book Club

Housmans Queer Book Club  reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Upcoming titles:

Thursday 11th July Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Thursday 8th August The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Thursday 12th September Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrew Lawlor


Self-care as an act of warfare: A Black women’s reading group

Black feminist writers offer a radical perspective on resistance, resilience and perseverance. Using their literary works, at each reading group, we will discuss and explore topics that reflect the Black female experience.

Held the 3rd Thursday of month. The group is free to attend but spaces are limited. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop.

**  the reading group is on a summer break in July and August and will return on Thursday 19th September **

If you would like to come, you need to email to be added to the Facebook group: blackfeministreading@gmail.com

The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.

“Often we give lip service to the idea of mutual support and connection between Black women because we have not yet crossed the barriers to these possibilities, nor fully explored the angers and fears that keep us from realising the power of a real Black sisterhood.” – Audre Lorde, Your Silence Will Not Protect You.


The Fuse Book Club

The original Housmans monthly book club, Fuse meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop.

This is a friendly, relaxed group, and all book-lovers are welcome. The group reads a lot of non-fiction titles, and some fiction, too. Members are always welcome to suggest the next title, and there’s no obligation to come along every month if you don’t fancy it.

Fuse members get a 20% discount if you choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop.

If you would like to join the reading group, you are welcome to just show up on the evening, but to be added to the mailing list and kept up to date with details of forthcoming meetings, email catherine[at]housmans.com.

2019 upcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 11th July Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper

Thursday 8th August Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers

Thursday 12th September Natives by Akala