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BOOK CLUBS

Our Book Clubs bring together all walks of life. They provide a space to earnestly explore and discuss ideas. Although the Book Clubs are geographically centred, they are also virtual so you can join whichever is most convenient or interesting for you. VM Book Clubs are free, all we ask is that you bring an open mind and a hunger for knowledge!

Take a look at what we are reading below. If you are interested in joining one of our book clubs, please get in touch by submitting the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Leicester

Every Monday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Currently Reading : 

1984 by George Orwell

London

Every Monday from 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Currently Reading : 

Malgudi days by R. K. Narayan

Manchester

Every Tuesday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Currently Reading : 

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Oxford

Every Thursday from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Currently Reading : 

The Beginnings of Learning by Krishnamurti

Birmingham

Every Friday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Currently Reading : 

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Previously Read

The Sane Society

Social psychologist Erich Fromm’s seminal exploration of the profound ills of modern society, and how best to overcome them

One of Fromm’s main interests was to analyze social systems and their impact on the mental health of the individual. In this study, he reaches further and asks: “Can a society be sick?” He finds that it can, arguing that Western culture is immersed in a “pathology of normalcy” that affects the mental health of individuals.

In The Sane Society, Fromm examines the alienating effects of modern capitalism, and discusses historical and contemporary alternatives, particularly communitarian systems. Finally, he presents new ideas for a re-organization of economics, politics, and culture that would support the individual’s mental health and our profound human needs for love and freedom.

Plato's Phaedo

The Phaedo is acknowledged to be one of Plato's greatest masterpieces, showing him both as a philosopher and as a dramatist at the height of his powers. For its moving account of the execution of Socrates, the Phaedo ranks among the supreme literary achievements of antiquity. It is also a seminal document for many ideas deeply ingrained in western culture, and provides one of the best introductions to Plato's thought.

Prisoners of Geography

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements - but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.

In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

It's time to put the 'geo' back into geopolitics.

The Tao of Pooh

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favourite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl.

Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

Beginnings of Learning

Krishnamurti, who founded schools in India, the USA and England to further his beliefs, presents lively and often intimate exchanges on practical and philosophical issues in the interests of teaching children to meet educational demands without conforming to conventional values. 'The subjects range from learning how to sit still with a quiet mind to coping with individuals - or discovering how to live sanely in an insane world' Sunday Telegraph 'Many of the discussions are concerned with a highly relevant problem: how to help children to meet the educational demands of their society without conforming to its conventional values' Observer

Bhagavad Gita by Nick Sutton

Krishnamurti, who founded schools in India, the USA and England to further his beliefs, presents lively and often intimate exchanges on practical and philosophical issues in the interests of teaching children to meet educational demands without conforming to conventional values. 'The subjects range from learning how to sit still with a quiet mind to coping with individuals - or discovering how to live sanely in an insane world' Sunday Telegraph 'Many of the discussions are concerned with a highly relevant problem: how to help children to meet the educational demands of their society without conforming to its conventional values' Observer

Land of the Seven Rivers

Did ancient India witness the Great Flood? Why did the Buddha give his first sermon at Sarnath? How did the Europeans map India?

Combining scholarship with sparkling wit, Sanjeev Sanyal sets out to explore how India's history was shaped by its geography--answering questions you may have never thought to ask. Moving from geological and genetic origins to present-day Gurgaon,Land of the Seven Rivers is riveting, wry and full of surprises.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible?

If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress.

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