The Lit Salon Book Club–Sjón’s The Blue Fox, 03 February

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Lit Salon Book Club: The Blue Fox by SjónSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study03 February 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM

Book Art/Blondinrikard Fröberg

Do you wish your book club would talk about the book?

The London Lit Salon Book Club is a new, monthly book discussion group in South London that reads the finest 20th and 21st century literature from around the world (with the occasional classic thrown in the mix for good measure).

The Book Club’s monthly schedule offers the same serious discussion and professional facilitation as the Salon’s other studies, while providing the opportunity to explore a world of literature for which we might not offer one of our multi-week, in-depth studies. Like all books we read at the Lit Salon, the book club selections speak to basic and enduring questions of what it means to be human.

The Lit Salon Book Club meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the comfortable West Norwood (SE27) bungalow of our discussion facilitator Mark Cwik. Meetings for 2018/19 are scheduled for:

07 October — William Trevor’s Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria.

18 November — Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

06 January 2019 — Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights

03 February 2019 — Sjón’s The Blue Fox

03 March 2019 — TBA

(If you are interested in participating but cannot attend on these dates, please email facilitator Mark Cwik to let us know of your availability.)

Our book for 03 February will be Icelandic writer Sjón’s short novel from 2008, The Blue Fox. Described by readers as “poetic, cinematic, atmospheric, moving and transporting,” The Blue Fox was the winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the Scandinavian equivalent of the Man Booker Prize.

The Blue Fox takes readers on a journey through a vast, glacial landscape, starting in 1883, as we follow the priest Skugga-Baldur on his hunt for the mysterious and elusive blue fox. From there we’re transported to the world of Fridrik B. Fridjonsson, an Icelandic naturalist who discovers a young girl with Down syndrome aboard an abandoned ship and decides to care for her. Then to a shipwreck off the Icelandic coast in the spring of 1868. The fates of all these characters are intrinsically bound, and gradually, surprisingly, unravelled in this spellbinding fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale. Set in the all-consuming, spellbinding Nordic landscape, The Blue Fox holds a mysterious, fable-like quality, causing the book to linger somewhere between legend and fairytale.

The Blue Fox is published by Telegram Books, translated by Victoria Cribb, 112 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1846590375

Registration for the Lit Salon Book Club is in six-month subscriptions of £90. You can also try us out with a one-month payment of £15. See below for payment options.

SPECIAL OFFER: if you’ve not attended before but would like to try us out, we invite you to attend your first meeting free of charge. Please email facilitator Mark Cwik to RSVP and we’ll provide you with location info.

With our friendly atmosphere of collaborative inquiry, high quality and challenging readings, professional facilitation and focused discussions, we are confident in calling the Lit Salon Book Club the best book discussion group in London.


ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Mark Cwik has been organizing and leading book discussion groups for adults for over twenty years. He currently leads groups in London, Chicago, and Toronto. He was trained as a discussion facilitator while at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago.

“Mark guides our group with patience, wisdom, and thoughtfulness, informed by his vast experience. He leads our discussion with a masterful hand so that each of us brings our own voice to the discussion.  We reach new understandings of the text that we could never have achieved on our own.”– Chicago book group participant.



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Sunday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Ongoing monthly study, next meeting 06 January 2019
  • Meetings in South London (West Norwood SE27)
  • February recommended edition: The Blue Fox by Sjón, translated by Victoria Cribb;112 pages; Telegram BooksISBN-13: 978-1846590375
  • £15 per month, registration in six-month subscriptions, or as one-month trial.

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