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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.

East Barnet Library Book Group, London

Bookgroup of the Month, May 2009

Who are you?

We are a Library based book group in the London Borough of Barnet.

How did you get started?

The Library advertised for users to register an interest in joining the group and a favoured time for meetings. We had a good response and it was decided that we should meet on Thursday evenings.

How long have you been going?

Just over 2 years

Where and how often do you meet?

About once a month

What sort of books do you read?

All sorts, mainly fiction but some non-fiction biograhies and classics

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins-we had a fairly low attendance for this book, but those that came got into the debate. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman -an insight into a community which is actually in our borough. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell- great discussion about regional differences and British industrial history.

What was your worst read?

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. We thought it was a bit dull, and full of mildly annoying characters. Just the opposite of our group in fact.

Anything else?

Our group contains members of both sexes unlike some other Library based groups which have a largely female membership. This can enliven discussion and increase the range of books we choose. We choose books from the Library stock, which limits choice slightly, but means that any Library member can come for free. The best books for discussion are not always the ones people rate most highly.

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