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Bookgroup of the Month Archive

Every month we feature a different bookgroup. We'd like to hear from other bookgroups. Please email us at info@bookgroup.info and tell us about your group. If we choose it we'll send you a book voucher for 10.

Telegraph Hill, London

Bookgroup of the Month, February 2007

Who are you?

We are currently a group of ten middle aged women who live close to Telegraph Hill Park in South East London.

How did you get started?

We began as a group of seven who met in the playground of our local primary school. Four of us are still in the group.

How long have you been going?

Since September 1999

Where and how often do you meet?

Once a month we take turns to choose a book and host the meeting. At Christmas and in August we make a whole group book choice and meet in a local wine bar.

What sort of books do you read?

Mainly contemporary novels but over the years we've read poetry, travel books, classics, crime and autobiographies.

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

Most recently the one that provoked the longest, most heated discussion was Lionel Shriver's "We need to talk about Kevin". "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi also generated a lot of discussion.

What was your worst read?

Most books seem to have at least one advocate in the group. Many of us failed to finish "Albert Speer: his battle with truth". And memorable disappointments include "The White Hotel", Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer" and Anita Shreve's "Fortune's Rock".

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