Book Club Meeting Isabel Bogdan: The Peacock

Insel Verlag: Der Pfau © Insel Verlag

Tue, 21.09.2021

6:30 PM


Interested in German books? Join us online for a discussion about the novel 'The Peacock' by Isabel Bogdan. New members welcome!


Take a dilapidated castle in the Scottish Highlands; add a peacock gone rogue, a group of bankers on a teambuilding trip, an overwhelmed psychologist, a housekeeper with a broken arm, and an ingenious cook; get Lord and Lady McIntosh to try and keep it all together; and top it off with all sorts of animals – soon no one will know exactly what’s going on. Selling 500,000 copies, Isabel Bogdan’s book is a big hitter in Germany – and now it’s coming home to roost.

“A peacock whodunnit meets Monarch of the Glen. Light-hearted and fun, to be enjoyed by the fire, with a whisky, of course.

Kari Dickson, translator of Karin Fossum

Extract in German: Der Pfau


Isabel Bogdan was born in Cologne and studied English and Japanese. She is an enthusiastic Hamburg-dweller, reader, writer and translator into German (including Jane Gardam, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nick Hornby, Jasper Fforde). Her first book Sachen machen came out in 2012, followed in 2016 by The Peacock, and in 2019 by Laufen. She has won prizes for her translating, her writing and the online interview project “Was machen die da?”

Text Source: V&Q Books

Meet the author

Join us on 7 September for an evening with author Isabel Bogdan and Scottish translator Annie Rutherford as they chat about the novel and the joys and challenges of translating.


Everyone who wants to read and discover German books and share their reading experience with others is welcome. The conversation will be in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.

Participation is free of charge.


To receive the link for participation in our digital book club meeting, please send an email to


We will use Zoom for our meeting. We recommend the use of a headset, as speakers can create disturbing echo effects. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you when you register.