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Currently Hero3a has five reading groups. Periodically groups of members gather to discuss chosen books that they have read.

The first reading group met in October 2010 to discuss Louis de Berniere’s Birds without Wings – the first of 40 books.

Our choice is eclectic and democratic ranging from Chekov to Joseph Heller.  Favourites have included

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Many of our discussions have been chronicled on the website.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from October to June.

If you are interested in joining us please send an email to christine[email protected]


The second reading group meets once a month from September to June in central Bodrum.

Our meetings are very informal and  our aim is to have a fun discussion based on the chosen book.

We try to choose titles that have a relevance to our lives in Turkey or our past existences in other countries.

Our previous choices have taken us to the 1999 earthquake, the Orient Express, the 1923 population exchange, the Balkans,

Egypt, Pakistan, the United States and into the mind of the introvert.

We read about three works of fiction for every one factual book and everyone is involved in the choice.

We will meet on the third Wednesday of every month from September to May having read the following:

If you would like to join our discussion over a coffee, tea and cake please drop an email to: [email protected]


For books written and discussed in Turkish consider joining the Turkish reading group which meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from September to May at Gambilya restaurant at 14:00.

If you would like to join us send an email to [email protected]

Books recently read and discussed included Turkish writer Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s book Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu and Norwegian novelist Per Petterson’s Jeg Nekter I Refuse – Reddediyorum, published by Metis Yayınarı.


The non-fiction reading groups (one English, one Turkish) meet quarterly, generally on the second Wednesday in March/April, June/July September/October and December/January, though we are flexible and accommodate individual needs when we can.  The subjects have ranged from science to politics and history.

We would welcome more members as not all of us are always present. If you are interested please contact: Aziz Başan [email protected]

If you would like to join a group that reads non-fiction in Turkish contact Selçuk Şahin [email protected]

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