York Museums Trust

YMT Book Club

Who are we? We are a friendly bunch of people who are passionate about history (in the widest possible sense) and books! Please feel free to come along to any or all of the sessions, and don’t worry if you don’t finish the book, or don’t like it: we start with the book, but the discussion can literally end up anywhere – or any time!

Meet-ups take place in the Fairfax Room at the Yorkshire Museum 3pm – 4.30pm unless stated otherwise.

There’s no need to book ahead, just turn up on the day.

Please contact York Museums Trust for details on 01904 687687 or email enquiries@ymt.org.uk.


11 February 2017
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd
Making a major part of England’s literary heritage accessible to a new audience, Peter Ackroyd’s The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling renders Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales in lucid, compelling modern English prose, with illustrations by Nick Bantock in Penguin Classics.


25 March 2017
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Annie stumbles across The Improbability of Love, a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau, one of the most influential French painters of the eighteenth century and is soon drawn unwillingly into the art world, pursued by a host of interested parties that would do anything to possess her picture.

Please note that this book club meeting takes place at York Art Gallery 3 – 4.30pm and is part of the York Literature Festival 2017. The book club discussion will be followed by a tour of the gallery focusing on work by unknown artists and re-attributed works. Please book ahead via Eventbrite here.


8 April 2017
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Romandy nasties, watching from the side lines to record the reigns of its emperors.


13 May 2017
The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
An account of the tumultuous nine weeks in which Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin shared a house in the small French town of Arles and ate, drank, talked, argued, slept and painted in one of the most intense and astonishing creative outpourings in history.


10 June 2017
The Double Tongue by William Golding
Published posthumously after his death, Golding’s final novel tells the story of the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who prophesies in the shadowy years of the 1st century BC when the Romans were securing their grip on the tribes and cities of Greece.


8 July 2017
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Sophie encounters an enigmatic mentor who introduces her to the history of philosophy, as she tries to find out why she keeps getting postcards addressed to another girl? And who is she? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined.