Emily’s Walking Book Club has been meeting for monthly walks on Hampstead Heath since 2012. It is an extremely friendly and relaxed group of people, bound together by a love of books, and of walking. You can watch webcasts discussing our books on my YouTube channel here.

The idea is it’s much easier to talk while you’re walking – something about the rhythm of it loosens your thoughts and your tongue too. Perhaps it’s also easier because you’re looking around at beautiful landscape rather than making stressful eye-contact.

Here is a piece I wrote about it for the Spectator.

We were delighted to be recorded for Radio 4’s Ramblings with Clare Balding, first broadcast in 2013, for which we discussed Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. You can listen again if you follow the link.

We set off at 11.30 sharp from Daunt Books Hampstead, and return there for 1pm. There’s a £5 suggested fee, but if you can’t afford this (plus the cost of travel and the book – I know, it adds up!) then just come along anyway and pay what you can. Fancy joining us? Great! Book your place below. If you can’t make it to the Heath, then why not join me to discuss the book on the following Monday evening on Zoom instead.

Here’s a short video introducing our books for Spring/Summer 2021

Sunday, 28th March 2021

11.30 – 12 noon

The Pumpkin Eater
by Penelope Mortimer

On Zoom – book a place and find the link here

Pay what you like.

In this loosely autobiographical and very intense novel of the 1960s, the narrator – mother to countless young children, wife to a rich, unfaithful husband (her fourth) – suffers a nervous breakdown. In scalpel-sharp prose, with deadpan wit, Mortimer shows us the pain of a woman who is seen to have it all, but whose life, in fact, feels empty.

You can buy your book from Daunt books here and get 10% off using the code WBC at checkout.

Due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, this meeting will be on Zoom.

Sunday, 25th April, 11.30 – 1pm

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

Setting off from Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, NW3 2QS.

£5. Book your place here

In the 1950s, after travelling in Iraq, Gavin Maxwell made a home for himself in a remote part of Scotland, along with his new pet otter. Conjured in beautiful prose, this evocative and enduring account of man’s relationship with the natural world is perfect escapist reading for anyone who has considered a radical change of living circumstances over the past year!

You can buy Ring of Bright Water from Daunt books here and get 10% off using the code WBC at checkout.

If you can’t make it to the Heath that Sunday morning, please join us on Zoom instead: Monday 26th April, 8 – 8.30pm. Book your place here.

Emily’s Walking Book Club has also popped up across the UK at Literary Festivals, Writers’ Retreats, and even at a hen party. If you think it could be the right thing for your own special event – birthday / team away day / school outing / anything else then please get in touch. I love taking this idea onto new ground.

Drop me a line if you’d like to find out more.