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Book Groups

During the coronavirus lockdown that started in March 2020 our book groups are happening online or by email.

Hurricane Book Club

Our biggest book club is back! The Hurricane Book Club is being run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being hosted simultaneously by Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries throughout 2021. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter.

*NEW* for this season - due to the need to be socially distanced, group meetings will take place by video call.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday 25 February at 6pm, where we will be discussing ‘The Young Team’ by Graeme Armstrong.

The second book, to be discussed on Thursday 29 April, will be the 2020 Booker Prize winner ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart.  We will be concluding this season on Thursday 24 June, where we will be talking about Cathy Rentzenbrink’s ‘Dear Reader’.

If you would like to join us, or if you would like to know more, please contact

  • Thursday 25 February 2021 - The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
  • Thursday 29 April 2021 - Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • Thursday 24 June 2021 - Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink


Lerwick Book Group

This group normally meets once a month at the Library.  It is very informal and members take turns to choose a book to read.  During the Coronavirus crisis, the group is experimenting with email discussion and Facebook comments.  We will post more information here when the group is more active again.


Saturday Slaughters

Our crime reading group was inspired by Orkney Library.

The group normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 2pm -3pm. If you are interested in joining, please contact Marghie at the Library on

Next meetings and what we're reading...

Saturday 13 February 2021 - Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Saturday 13 March 2021 - Bloodhounds by Peter Lovesey


Shetland (Face)Book Group

A group that meets both online and offline to talk about a Shetland novel. We started this in November 2019 and our first author was Marsali Taylor. We hope to kick off more sessions soon on our Facebook page.


Book Group Sets

Need copies for your own book group? This is a PDF list of some books we have in mulitple copies. You should also check our local collection - we can provide multiple copies of most Shetland books.

List of Multiple copies


Lunch with Dickens

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century. The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children’s novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens. The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information (01595 694688 or )

Reading list for 2020:

Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
Phoebe Junior Margaret Oliphant
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
A pair of blue eyes Thomas Hardy
Water Babies Charles Kingsley
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Conningsby Benjamin Disraeli
Secret Agent Conrad


University of the third age book group

The independent U3A group meets monthly in Islesburgh - call Larraine Gray on 01595 840517 or use the link below to find out more.

U3A Shetland Book Group


South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meets via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month.

New members are welcome - contact Check their reading lists below.

South Mainland 2020 Reading List


'Based on the Book'

How many times have you had discussions about whether a film was better or worse than the book it was adapted from? The Based on the Book group which ran during 2014 watched a film, read the book and then discussed both. The group has come to an end but if you would like to organise something similar, come and speak to us at the Library about borrowing the books and DVDs you need.


Last Updated on 15 April 2020