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Wimbledon Readers Book Group, London
Bookgroup of the Month, January 2012
Who are you?
We are a mixed group, currently with 18 members + of different ages and nationalities (British, Irish, Dutch, French and Australian). Our group is friendly, lively but also considerate as everyone listens to each other's point of view. I think the age range of our group also means that we often see books from very different angles which provokes great discussions!
How did you get started?
I'm not sure. The book group began at Wimbledon Library about eight years ago and has had a range of organisers and members.
How long have you been going?
I joined the group at the end of 2009. We moved to a new venue a year and a half ago and since then a lot of new members have joined us. My friend Ali and I take it in turns to lead the discussions.
Where and how often do you meet?
We meet on the last Thursday of the month at a community centre in Wimbledon. Our meetings start at 6.30 and finish at 8pm when we head to the pub for a nice glass of wine and the chance to catch up on each other's news.
What sort of books do you read?
We read a wide range of books from classics to prize winners to crime fiction, science fiction and occasionally non-fiction. Each member of the group puts forward a book which they think will inspire a good discussion and this makes for varied reading.
Which books have provoked the best discussion?
So many! "Agent Zigzag" by Ben Macintyre, "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky and "The Dispossessed" by Ursula Le Guin were such interesting books! "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami provided a great discussion. "Love Life" by Ray Kluun and "Room" by Emma Donoghue sparked quite emotional responses from the group. "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry was a book that we all highly rated.
What was your worst read?
Hmmm. This is more difficult. Personally, I found "The Welsh Girl" and "The Secret Scripture" didn't promote much discussion but other members in the group might disagree with me!
We socialise outside book club with book events, drinks at the pub, meals and a Christmas meal together. If you'd like to get in touch with us, then please send us a message!