Reading period: June 2022 - September 2022

The And Other Stories Portuguese reading group returns in 2022 with three books from across the Lusosphere. From East Timor we have O Plantador de Abóboras [The Pumpkin Planter] by Luís Cardoso, winner of last year’s Oceanos Prize, a novel that explores one woman’s experience of the three major conflicts that shook the country during the 20th century; from Portugal we have Ecologia [Ecology] by Joana Bértholo, imagining a dystopian near-future in which tech companies have found a way to monetize language; from Cape Verde, we have Siríaco e Mister Charles [Siríaco and Mister Charles] , the story of an unlikely friendship between Siríaco, a former member of D. Maria I’s “exotic court”, and the young naturalist Charles Darwin; and from Brazil we have A pediatra [The Paediatrician] by Andréa del Fuego, an insightful look at human behaviour and the limits that can so easily be crossed by those in a position of power.

How it works

  1. To read the whole book, please order a copy yourself from a shop or library if you can. If you have trouble finding a title, we may be able to lend you a copy. Email to be put in touch with the organiser.
  2. Read the books, then add your thoughts in the comments below.
  3. Join us at a meet-up to discuss what we have read. You can be sure of a lively, well-informed discussion.


Where and when

Reading Period:

June 2022 – September 2022


Victor Meadowcroft will be holding a meeting on 29th September at 7pm BST to discuss these books.

Please get in touch with us at if you would like to attend. There is no need to do this if you are already on our Portuguese reading group mailing list.

Luís Cardoso
Author: Luís Cardoso

O Plantador de Abóboras

Joana Bértholo


Andréa del Fuego

A pediatra

Joaquim Arena
Author: Joaquim Arena

Siríaco e Mister Charles

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