Our next book group will be held on Friday 26th November at 7:30pm!

We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai 

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

There is no need to sign up for this event as there are currently no restrictions on group meetings. However, to get an idea about numbers we do advise just letting us know if you’d like to attend so we can make sure the space is going to work out for everyone. We are also asking for either proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test before entering so we can ensure the safety of everyone in attendance. 


“How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in it!”

Please contact us for any more info! 

As always, this book group is free and open for anyone to attend. We look forward to seeing you.


Past books from our LGBTQIA+ book group: