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Lionel Shriver, whose story KILIFI CREEK won the BBC Short Story Award

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Newsletter No 225

October

"The world is run by a handful of mad old men, indulging their ghoulish, expansionist fantasies. Disenfranchised women, despite the vote, we are campaigning against Cruise missiles, but in doing so we are also taking on the world." Gwyn (taken from The Greenham Factor, by Rebecca Johnson).

The Book of the Month is LOVE AND FALLOUT, a captivating and funny début novel by poet Kathryn Simmonds set in the mud of Greenham Common!

Go to the competition page to win a copy and read an interview with the author.

The other recommended titles are: THE PAYING GUESTS, the latest piece de resistance from Sarah Waters; THE WARRIORS, a harrowing evocation of 1960s New York gang culture by Sol Yurick and ALARM GIRL a beautifully written debut by Hannah Vincent.

The crime review is THE TREMOR OF FORGERY by the incomparable Patricia Highsmith.

Calling all crime aficionados! We have a great deal for bookgroups to purchase the ALICIA ALLEN INVESTIGATES crime trilogy. The paperbacks are on sale to UK bookgroups until 30 November 2014 for £2.00 (RRP £10.99) per copy plus postage & packing. All stock is brand new. To order books with the special bookgroup discount please email: barchambooks@btconnect.com . To read more about the ALICIA ALLEN trilogy and the author please go the website Facebook or Twitter . See more on the offers page.

You may remember we championed the fantastic novel, SERENA by Ron Rash (see our review ). To coincide with the forthcoming film of the novel, Studiocanal, the film distribution company, is offering a book and film poster to a lucky reader. Go to the offers page to find out more.

The 10 lucky winners of EYRIE by Tim Winton, are: Wendy Greenberg, Oxford; Sue Liddell, Leiston; Kate Fargher, Brighton; Dani Blumein, Brentford; Tina Lawton, Wakefield; Richard Hill, Middlesbrough; Jen Bluck, High Wycombe; Sarah Fleck, Bedlington; Priscilla Dorrance, Dunstable and Kathleen Marsden, Stafford. Many thanks to Picador, the publishers.

Welcome to all the new groups who have recently registered with us. Now is the time to request your FREE BOOKS! Just go to the offers page. This is for ALL registered groups (sorry, UK and N. Ireland groups only) not just new ones. If your group is not registered then just fill in the form. It’s a very simple process. N.B. You only need to register once.
Do your bookgroup details need updating? Email us at info@bookgroup.info and we’ll amend your directory entry for you.

The Bookgroup of the Month is the lively Latin American and Spanish Bookgroup from London who only read the English translation of books by Latin American writers. Ole!

Do you want to be our BGoTM? Just fill in the questionnaire and win a £10 voucher if you’re chosen.

Here are some new groups recently registered with us who are looking for members: The Dulais Valley Bookgroup, Neath; Llanbradach Library Reading Group, Caerphilly; Canada Water Evening Bookgroup, Rotherhithe, London.

So if you're looking for a group in any of those areas, get in touch with them through their page on the directory. See what’s on in your area on our list of festivals and events. If you want us to include something free on the listings page then complete the registration form or contact us at info@bookgroup.info

If you’re looking for an independent bookshop in your town our list could tell you if there’s one near you, or if you own or manage an independent bookshop we can list your shop free on the site. Just complete the registration form or email us at info@bookgroup.info for more information.

There’s still time to get 2 for 1 tickets for the Guildford Book Festival for 8 great events. This offer is available via phone only. Call the box office on 01483 444334 or 01483 444789 and quote “Book Group”. See the offers page and go to the festival website to see all the great events that are taking place.

The Next Generation Poets 2014 Reading Groups scheme is now underway, with free downloadable materials from the website, together with fantastic videos of the poets and details of 23 events across the UK. The competition run with Reading Groups for Everyone has a choice of three prizes – tickets for a regional event or the big London celebration and a complete signed set of 20 books for the group.
Or, if you fancy the T S Eliot Prize shortlist, a Reading Groups Scheme with reading group notes and its own competition will launch with the 2014 shortlist announcement on 23 October.

Lionel Shriver has won this year's BBC National Short Story Award for her story KILIFI CREEK. The US writer who lives in London and was previously shortlisted for the prize in 2009 and 2013, received £15,000 for her story about a woman who cheats death. Read more here.


The Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced. The winner will be announced on 14th October

The Six Book Challenge is the Reading Agency’s annual scheme to inspire adults who struggle with the written word. It invites them to pick six reads and record their reading in a diary to get a certificate. It has been cited as an example of a multifaceted approach to adult learning in a report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. 

The October edition of BBC Radio 4 Bookclub features DIRT MUSIC by our favourite Aussie TIM WINTON on Sunday 5th (4pm) and Thursday 9th (3.30pm). Don’t forget you can listen again on the BBC i-player

Bookclub is looking for readers to come along to a ‘Classic Bookclub’ to celebrate the centenary of Patrick O'Brian. They're recording an edition about his Aubrey-Maturin series, focussing on the first novel MASTER AND COMMANDER. Author Allan Mallinson is their guide, recording on November 10th at the BBC studios in Central London - tickets are free and on the website.

On Wednesday 22 October at 12.30pm Daniel Kehlmann will be talking about his novel MEASURING THE WORLD on World Book Club.
WBC need questions to be emailed from outside Britain and if you’re in the UK they need guests to be part of the audience at BBC Old Broadcasting House, London W1A.
If you wish to attend please send in your name for our guest list (they don’t issue tickets) and if you have a question please send it to worldbookclub@bbc.co.uk

Please do remember to forward the newsletter to other members of your group so that they can take advantage of the offers and competitions.

Please email us at info@bookgroup.info if you wish to unsubscribe to the newsletter.

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