Climate Literature Book Club

Love literature and want to read more about the climate? This book club gives you the perfect opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary novels that engage with the changing climate. Engaging with world literature, from science fiction to realism, we will discuss the challenges of climate change and questions of hope, adaptability, and resilience as they emerge across these novels:

January – June 2022

January – Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour

February – Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island

March – Maja Lunde’s The End of the Ocean

April – Ian McEwan’s Solar

May – Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees

June – Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future


October 2022 – March 2023

October – Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s Bangkok Wakes to Rain

November – Imbolo Mbue’s How Beautiful We Were

December – Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

January – Richard Power’s The Overstory

February – Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind

March – Claire Vay Watkins’s Gold Fame Citrus


May 2023April 2024

Tuesday 2nd May – Octavia Butler – Parable of the Sower

Tuesday 6th June – Rob Hopkins – From What Is To What If – non-fiction

After then, we will have a break and start again in October:

Tuesday 3rd Oct – Ned Beauman – Venomous Lumpsucker

Tuesday 7th Nov – Bradley Somer – Extinction

Tuesday 5th Dec – Elizabeth Rush – Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore – non-fiction

Break in January

Tuesday 6th Feb – Joanne Stubbs – The Fish

Tuesday 5th March – Jessie Greengrass – The High House

Tuesday 2nd April – Rachelle Atalla – Thirsty Animals

The book club is developed and led by Dr Sarah Robertson (UWE English Literature), whose current research is on climate change and literature.

The book club is free of charge and you can join by dropping-in with no prior booking (though it would be great if you could let Sarah know at if you are intending to join, just so she has a rough idea of numbers). It takes place on the first Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm.