Fred Cotton Probus Book Club

For those bibliophiles who wish to share their interest in books with other members of Probus the above Book Club meets once a month except July and August, to discuss a book chosen by you or another member. The only criteria necessary for membership is that you are able to read and talk.

The next meeting of the Book Club. will be at 9:00am on Wednesday, December 7, in the Amenity Room at Elm Park Place, 5700 Larch Street (at 41st Avenue). If you are interested, you are welcome to attend any of our meetings. Books chosen are eclectic and members can choose any subject which interests them.

For further information contact Ken Yule at or (604) 266-4563






The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire Stephen Bown
Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order Ray Dalio
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelists Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Kobes DuMez
The High Road Terry Fallis
Freezing Order Bill Browder
The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine Serhii Plokhy
Value(s): Building a Better World for All Mark Carney
The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves Andrew Lownie
Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey Through the Fragile Artic James Raffan
The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben
Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age Sanjay Gusta
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich
and the Fall of Everybody Else
Chrystia Freeland
Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Warmtime Spy Ben Macintyre
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin Masha Gessen
The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson
Restoring Democracy in an Age of Populists and Pestilence Jonathan Manthorpe
The New Silk Roads Peter Frankopan
Godforsaken Sea by Derek Derek Lundy
Magdalena: River of Dreams Wade Davis
Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory
in Northern Ireland
Patrick Redden Keefe
War: How Conflict Shapes Us Margaret MacMillan
Why We Sleep Matthew Walker
The Last High Daniel Kella
The Code Breaker Walter Isaacson
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? Graham Allison
A Better Man Louise Penny
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Charles Fishman
Prague Spring Simon Mawer
Munich Robert Harris
Educated Tara Westover
The Plague Albert Camus
The Invention of Nature Andrea Wulf
Neither Here Nor There Bill Bryson
Trumpocalypse David Frum
The Wake Linden MacIntyre
Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson
Origin Dan Brown
Rules of Civility Amor Towles
Hero of the Empire Candice Millard
Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari
Washington Black Esi Edugyan
Claws of the Panda Jonathan Manthorpe
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built Duncan Clark
Twelve Rules of Life Jordan Peterson
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Lost City of the Monkey God Douglas Preston
The Only Cafe Linden MacIntyre
Double Cross Ben Macintyre
A World in Disarray Richard Haass
The Circumstantial Enemy John Bell
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
Into the Silence Wade Davis
A Power Seething Julian Bell
The Trial Franz Kafka
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire Kurt Andersen
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Fix Jonathan Tepperman
Old Filth Jane Gardam
Flash Point George Friedman
Do Not Say We Have Nothing Madeleine Thien
The Art of the Deal Donald Trump & Tony Schwartz
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Promise of Canada Charlotte Gray
Shanghai Grand Taras Grescoe
Phishing for Phools George Akerlof & Robert Shiller
The Wright Brothers David McCullough
Lawrence in Arabia Scott Anderson
Paris 1919 Margaret MacMillan
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
Red Notice Bill Browder
Fighters in the Shadows Robert Gildea
The Boys in the Boat Daniel J. Brown
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
The Road to Little Dribbling Bill Bryson
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai
Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
King Lear William Shakespeare
The Best Laid Plans Terry Fallis
Life after Life Kate Atkinson
Emma Jane Austen
In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson
The Fall of the Ottomans Eugene Rogan
The Great Reflation Anthony Boekch
The Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
The Hundred Year Old Man… Jonas Jonesson
Alice Munro’s Best Short Stories Alice Munro
The Ash Garden Dennis Bock
The Lemon Tree Sandy Nolan
The Second World War Anthony Beavor
And the Mountains Echoed Khalid Hossieni
The Diamond Queen Andrew Marr
The Rational Optimist Matt Ridley
The End of Growth Jeff Rubin
The Fortune of War Patrick O’Brian
Elizabeth’s Spymaster Robert Hutchison
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Helen Simonson
War on our Doorstep Brendan Coyle
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Roberta Skloot
Social Conquest of the Earth Edward P. Wilson
Those Angry Days Lynne Olsen
419 Will Ferguson
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
A Good Man Guy Vanderhaeghe
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
God’s Terrorists Charles Allen
The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins
Stanley Park Timothy Taylor
The Path Between the Seas David McCullough
The Reluctant Genius Charlotte Gray
Civilization the Rest and the West Niall Ferguson
The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje
Citizens of London Lynne Olsen
The Bishop’s Man Linden Mcintyre
Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
A Moment of War Laurie Lee
The Book of Negroes Lawrence Hill
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare
With Wings Like Eagles Michael Korda
The Big Short Michael Lewis
The Man who Loved China Simon Winchester
The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Samuel Bawlf
Longitude David Sobell
White Tiger Aravind Adiga
The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
Fifth Business Robertson Davies
I Claudius Robert Graves
What Next Chris Patten
Troublesome Young Men Lynne Olsen
No Great Mischief Alistair Macleod
What the Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell
Team of Rivals Doris Goodwin
Hot, Flat and Crowded Thomas Friedman
Post American World Fareed Zakaria
The Black Swan NassimTaleb
The Eight Katherine Herde
Through Black Spruce Joseph Boyden
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
The Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
Dreams From My Father Barack Obama
Mc Mafia Misha Glenny
Hell or High Water Joseph Rom
Snow Falling on Cedars David Gutterson