Regular Staff Book Club

The Staff Wellbeing Team have set up a regular book club for staff, reading and discussing a variety of books.

The book club is open to all staff and meets every 5-6 weeks. It is currently held online via Teams to allow for everyone to join whether on campus or at home.


How will this help my wellbeing?

According to MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England, reading for pleasure can be extremely beneficial for our mental health.

'there is actually scientific research that shows that reading and then talking about what you have read could be beneficial to mental health and well-being. There is something called bibliotherapy and it has a profound effect on people suffering with depression. Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute examined a two weekly reading group program for people diagnosed with depression over a 12-month period and reported a significant improvement to mental health. Participants reported improved concentration, better emotional understanding, increased self-awareness, and the ability to discuss meaningful issues related to self and being.'

Knowing this, why wouldn't you want to

If you would like to join us at our next book club, or would like to hear about future sessions, send an email to and we'll add you to our book club list.

Local Book Shop Offer

It was suggested by a member of Book Club that it might be nice to partner with a local independent book shop.

'Read' in Holmfirth would love to be involved in our Book Club and have recommended several books and are hoping to be involved in other ways in the future. Read are offering a discount in store, or Free Delivery if you order books to come to your door.

If anyone is interested in purchasing via Read their website link is here: Welcome to Read Holmfirth - Read Bookshop - Holmfirth

You are welcome to source Book Club books from your local library, any online shop, kindle, audible or supplier of your choice.

Our Next Book

The book we will be discussing is 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles

'A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavour to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.'

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting, during which we will discuss 'A Gentleman in Moscow', will be Wednesday 8th March 13:00 - 13:30 on Teams.  If you would like to join us, please email 

If you are interested in joining us for our next book, please email 

Previous Reads

Have a look at the books we've previously read