1976 Club

This page is for the latest of our club reads, books from the year 1976. Please join us in reading, exploring, commenting on and recommending any exciting books you’ve discovered! I’ll collect here links to everyone’s posts, and if I miss yours please leave a comment so that I can add it in! Happy reading! 😀


Slapstick, or Lonesome No More by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

1streading’s Blog

The Doctor’s Wife by Brian Moore

Stuck in a Book


JacquiWine’s Journal

The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov

Brona (This Reading Life)

Tintin and the Picaros by Herge

Literary Potpourri

The Wilt Books

Rattlebag and Rhubarb

Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal

Windstonsdad’s Blog


1streading’s Blog

Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor

JacquiWine’s Journal

Stuck in a Book

The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy

Lizzy’s Literary Life

Roots by Alex Haley

Aventures in reading, running and working from home

Buried in Print

The Australian Legend

A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively

Relevant Obscurity

Laurie Welch on Instagram

Literary Potpourri

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck

Rick MacDonnell on Instagram

Bear by Marian Engel

Stuck in a Book


Castle Barebane by Joan Aiken

She Reads Novels

Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

Staircase Wit

Another Death in Venice by Reginald Hill

a hot cup of pleasure

The Malacia Tapestry by Brian Aldiss



A Quiet Life by Beryl Bainbridge

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Afternoon of a Good Woman by Nina Bawden

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Beard’s Roman Women by Anthony Burgess

Gert Loveday’s Fun With Books

The Voice of the Sea by Alberto Moravio

1streading’s Blog

The Girls from the Five Great Valleys by Elizabeth Savage

Book Around the Corner

The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin


The Space Machine by Christopher Priest

1streading’s Blog

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

ANZ Litlovers Litblog

Agent in Place by Helen MacInnes


Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

book word

Bookish Beck

Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud

The Golden Gate by Alistair MacLean

Literary Potpourri

Hilda’s Wedding by Elizabeth Jolley

Whispering Gums

Travels by Jan Morris

The Captive Reader

Apalache by Paul Metcalf

Neglected Books

Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice

Dolce Bellezza

Orsinian Tales by Ursula Le Guin

Entering the Enchanted Castle

Gallimaufry Book Studio

Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula Le Guin

Entering the Enchanted Castle

Pining for the West

Lucinella by Lore Segal


In the Purely Pagan Sense by John Lehmann

Stuck in a Book

Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley

Stuck in a Book

The Question of Max by Amanda Cross

Scones and Chaises Longues

The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner

Martin via Goodreads

A Lifetime on Clouds by Gerald Murnane

1streading’s Blog

The Takeover by Muriel Spark

Bookish Beck

Meridian by Alice Walker

readingenvy via Instagram

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

1streading’s Blog

The Widower’s Son by Alan Sillitoe

Ten Million Hardbacks

It concerns you too by Herman Sachnowitz

Kinship of all Species

Ask for Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar

The Indextrious Reader

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses & Prejudices…

Home to Roost by Andrew Garve

Bitter Tea and Mystery

Catch a Falling Spy by Len Deighton

Bitter Tea and Mystery

A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard

Bitter Tea and Mystery


Words and Peace

Market Garden Reader – part 1

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mallikabooks15
    Oct 11, 2021 @ 09:08:27


  2. JosieHolford
    Oct 11, 2021 @ 21:18:19

    And here’s mine. A bit of a mish-mash of all the Tom Sharpe “Wilts”. https://www.josieholford.com/wilt/


  3. gertloveday
    Oct 13, 2021 @ 05:08:42

    And mine. A rather unflattering review of Anthony Burgess’ Beard’s Roman Women


  4. neeruahcop
    Oct 13, 2021 @ 18:17:22

    Reginald Hill’s Another Death in Venice

    #1976 Book Club: Another Death in Venice by Reginald Hill


  5. Lisa Hill
    Oct 13, 2021 @ 23:20:52

    Here’s mine, and what a great book it was: Michael Ondaatje’s stunning debut novel: https://anzlitlovers.com/2021/10/14/coming-through-slaughter-by-michael-ondaatje/


  6. mallikabooks15
    Oct 14, 2021 @ 08:27:54

    Here’s my second pick, Alistair MacLean’s The Golden Gate, just an ok read since it disappointed me on some counts: https://potpourri2015.wordpress.com/2021/10/14/book-review-the-golden-gate-by-alistair-maclean-1976club/


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Oct 14, 2021 @ 09:50:49

      Thanks – sorry it was just ok….


      • mallikabooks15
        Oct 14, 2021 @ 10:00:30

        But I loved the Tintin (which definitely turned out different than I thought–not just an adventure), and also Penelope Lively–that was absolutely wonderful. Yet to share that review, of course.

      • kaggsysbookishramblings
        Oct 14, 2021 @ 10:30:34

        Well, I’m glad that there have been some titles – I’ll look forward to your post on the Lively!

  7. whisperinggums
    Oct 14, 2021 @ 08:53:32

    I will probably only do my short story, as I did last time, but here it is: https://whisperinggums.com/2021/10/14/elizabeth-jolley-hildas-wedding-review/


  8. Bellezza
    Oct 15, 2021 @ 06:00:13

    Hi Karen, I have just reviewed Interview With the Vampire (https://dolcebellezza2.wordpress.com/2021/10/12/the-1976-club-and-r-i-p-xvi-interview-with-the-vampire-by-anne-rice/) and now am beginning Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder. What a fun event this is! Thank you, Meredith


  9. clodge2013
    Oct 15, 2021 @ 12:13:55

    Here’s two more for the #1976Club from Bookword

    Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor

    and The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

    Lovely to take part in this. Caroline


  10. Jo (ten million hardbacks)
    Oct 15, 2021 @ 14:49:25

    Thanks Karen (and Simon!) for hosting – have loved reading all the reviews! Here’s my one of Alan Sillitoe’s The Widower’s Son:


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 18:56:23

      Aha! Just found your comment in the depths of spam!! Thank you for joining in and I’ve linked to your post! 😀


  11. neglectedbooks
    Oct 15, 2021 @ 20:58:44

    For the #1976Club, a look at an outsider candidate for the Great American — or perhaps the Great North American — novel, Paul Metcalf’s Apalache:



  12. mallikabooks15
    Oct 16, 2021 @ 09:42:22

    My final pick, A Stitch in Time: this I loved

    Book Review: A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively #1976Club


  13. Martin Schneider
    Oct 16, 2021 @ 16:40:16

    My take on Wallace Stegner’s The Spectator Bird: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4283973557


  14. Kinship
    Oct 17, 2021 @ 21:03:59

    “Renata Adler’s Speedboat? No, I’ve already read it once. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick? read it as a teenager. Alex Haley’s Roots? Nah. And Bear by Marian Engel just seemed too weird. I did find a possible pick in Bohumil Hrabal’s Too Loud a Solitude. I also considered placing a library order for Christa Wolf’s Kindheitsmuster, but I changed my mind when I came across Herman Sachnowitz’s It concerns you too.”

    Thank you for once again organizing this event, Simon and Karen!

    It Concerns You Too by Herman Sachnowitz


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Oct 18, 2021 @ 15:56:50

      Most welcome and thank you for sharing your post – so glad you could join in! 😀


  15. Melanie
    Oct 18, 2021 @ 02:52:26

    Finally got my review up for my 1976 choice: Ask For Me Tomorrow by the wonderful Margaret Millar. I’d love for more people to read her psychological mysteries!


  16. Cathy746books
    Oct 18, 2021 @ 11:00:32

    Here’s my review of Lucinella by Lore Segal. What a great week – thank you!

    No 399 Lucinella by Lore Segal for #1976Club


  17. Expendable Mudge
    Oct 18, 2021 @ 21:14:41

    I was another WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME reader: https://expendablemudge.blogspot.com/2021/10/the1976club-woman-on-edge-of-time-by.html
    …only, for me, it wasn’t great. *sigh* I didn’t finish SHAKESPEARE’S PLANET, darn it, or THE MALACIA TAPESTRY, but they’ll get their just dues. Only later.
    Thanks to you and Simon for doing these clubs! See you in 1954.


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Oct 19, 2021 @ 14:15:30

      Sorry it wasn’t great, but never mind – there’s always 1954 to look forward to! 😀


  18. tracybham
    Oct 19, 2021 @ 16:12:13

    I posted three reviews for 1976 books:

    A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard

    Catch a Falling Spy by Len Deighton

    Home to Roost by Andrew Garve

    I loved them all.


  19. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Oct 19, 2021 @ 21:21:25

    I love these Year Club challenges. Mine this time was Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2021/10/13/1976-club-the-plantagenet-prelude-by-jean-plaidy-dnf/


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