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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.

Ealing Book Club, London

Bookgroup of the Month, April 2010

Who are you?

A friendly, informal group that meet regularly on the last Tuesday of each month. Over a drink in a local pub, we discuss the month's book choice, suggested by one of our members

How did you get started?

I (Bella Rocca) started the Ealing Book Club in September 2007 because I wanted to join a local book club. Having been a member of a club in Fulham, I really wanted one a little closer to home, and after scouring the Internet for clubs in Ealing, sadly found that there were none!

So I decided to start my own!

I advertised on some event websites and although I had received a few replies, was amazed when a large group turned up for the first meeting! Over the next few months, our club met in different pubs around Ealing and picked a diverse range of books which were discussed and scored, as well as catching up and chatting over a drink or two!

How long have you been going?

Our club has just started it's 3rd year and has a core group of about 14 regulars, with new members joining and others revisiting when they can make it (or when they have found the time to read the book!)

Where and how often do you meet?

We meet in a local pub on the last Tuesday of every month at 8pm.

What sort of books do you read?

Our members are from all walks of life and of different ages..... but we all have a love of literature and reading in common. Each month one member selects a book for the group to read and we all discuss and score it at the meeting.

We read a range of titles, both contemporary and classic - last year our choices ranged from 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak, via 'To Kill a Mockingbird'by Harper Lee, to 'A Tale of two Cities' by Charles Dickens, stopping off at 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker and 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth - a mixed, fun and interesting reading year!

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

Recently, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We all thought that we would not enjoy the book but during the meeting we all realised that it had been a good choice and that we were all pleased to have read it even though we would never have probably picked it.

What was your worst read?

'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorn (another classic, but sadly not to the club's taste!)

Anything else?

We always score the book out of 10 (the only compulsory part of the group's meeting!)and at the end of each year a prize is given to the member that chose the highest scoring title.
Also we have a Virtual Member page on the website (www.ealingbookclub.org)where members can send a comment and a score which is read and discussed at the meeting. Also a review of the book with all the members' thoughts is published after each meeting.

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