The Xàbia Book Circle was founded in the late 1980s by an intrepid group of book lovers from different countries and backgrounds, who settled in the Marina Alta area of Spain's Costa Blanca and who wanted to share their love of reading with fellow bibliophiles.

The pen and the pandemic:

How to survive lockdown in half a dozen books

Presented by Alma Dorndorf

There’s nothing like a heart-warming, escapist novel to keep your mind off the coronavirus crisis. Fiction cannot cure illness or predict the future, but it can certainly help us survive a lockdown. 

My friends and I have chosen six books which have delighted, intrigued, amused and transported us and which we would now like to share with you. 


After the presentation we would really like to hear what you have been reading over the last extraordinary year.


Don't forget...

Now you can send your reviews on books that have delighted, intrigued or fascinated you, and they will be published on the website. Go to Members' book reviews.


We thought we’d try something new: a blog or ‘writers’ corner’, open to all members, on a topic of their choice. The blog will debut next month under the pen of Christopher North; contributions thereafter will be solicited from members known for their artful (or humorous, or thought-provoking) prose, or can be sent in unsolicited (but subject to editorial approval). We’ll start including it in the next newsletter and, if the idea takes off, post it on the website. All ideas welcome!


Yet another reminder on this: Please make your payments (€10) via PayPal, as previously instructed (to ). Alternatively, you may pay cash to any Committee member you happen to come across (Alison Tain, Christopher North, Erica Meltzer, Huw Griffith, Jean Hilder, Rod Davis, Tim Upton) or drop it off in Rod’s postbox (Calle Virgen del Pilar 9, Xàbia). Of course, do let him know you've done that (