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Carlisle Reading Group

The Carlisle group usually meets at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month in Cakes and Ale Cafe. We have between 6 and 12 members of the group in attendance.

The next group will be at 7pm on Wednesday 28th September and we will be discussing Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, which is available with 20% discount when you buy the book at Bookends.

If you’d like to join us at the book group, don’t be shy – just email Lucy, who usually leads the group, at

We look forward to seeing you!

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold , we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .