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7PM to 8PM

Open to all. Hosted online using Zoom Meetings. 

Tickets: Free, booking required.

Accessibility: Live subtitles are available using Zoom's Live Transcript function.

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The Really Popular Book Club is Cambridge University Libraries' book group. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss a really popular book with the group, library staff, and an expert on the novel. Hosted on Zoom, the book club is completely free and open to everyone, people attend from all over the world. 

The Really Popular Book Club celebrates the huge range of books at Cambridge University Library. We have more than 8 million books and as a legal deposit library we keep a copy of every book published in the UK, and have done since 1710.

Jane Austen’s greatest and best-loved novel follows the five Bennet sisters as they try to overcome the titular sins of pride and prejudice in order to fall in love and marry. With our special guest Dr Sarah Houghton-Walker (University of Cambridge), we’ll look at how the book tells us what it means really to know and to love those whose lives surround our own.

To aide the conversation, we have prepared three 'thinking points' to consider when reading Pride and Prejudice:

1.    To what extent does the book support or deny the opening claim, that ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’?

2.    How do the more minor characters help our understanding of the developing relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy?

3.    What significance do the novel’s different settings – the intimate domestic interiors, public spaces, open landscapes etc – have on the story and its characters?

If you haven't attended one of our book club events before, you can find more information at

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is available in paperback, hardback and ebook formats, borrowable from public libraries or to purchase. To see what printed and digital copies are available from Cambridge University Libraries (borrowable by University staff and students), search iDiscover.