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Richard Flanagan, who has won the Man Booker Prize with his novel, THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH.

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Newsletter No 126

November 2014

“Man - a being in search of meaning.”
Plato

The Book of the Month is THE HUMANS a surprising, moving and very funny novel by the talented Matt Haig

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

The other recommended titles are: LILA, a return to Gilead by the wonderful Marylinne Robinson; THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN, a thought-provoking tragi-comedy by Siri Hustvedt and LEAVING THINGS UNSAID, a compelling read by Karen Barratt.

To celebrate its new online shop, EX LIBRIS would like to offer 5 readers the opportunity of winning a pack of OG games. See the offers page to find out more about this terrific competition.

The lucky winner of a book and poster of the film of SERENA is Carolyn Allen from Axbridge in Somerset. Many thanks to Studio Canal.

The winner of two tickets to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate is Claire Garner from Addingham.
The 10 lucky winners of LOVE AND FALLOUT by Kathryn  are: Kathleen Bell, Lairg: Kat Lucas, Wigan; Sarhann Tonner, Glasgow; Steven Lane, Bristol; Dorothy Macaulay, Glasgow; Peggy Muncie, Lanark; Nikki Day, Hockley; Chris Wasiak, Wolverhampton; Bernadette Willis Newton, Powys and Bianca Becker, Dover. Many thanks to Seren Books, 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.

Read all about the Bookgroup of the Month the Wordsworth House Bookgroup from Cockermouth who, frankly, have some rather unusual rituals! Do you want to be our BGoTM? Just fill in the questionnaire and win a £10 voucher if you’re chosen.

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.

The Poetry Book Society Reading Groups Scheme is an exciting opportunity for Reading Groups to get involved with the 2014 T S Eliot Prize and to shadow the judges. Read all about it and how to win some exciting prizes at the Poetry Book Society website.

There’s still time 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
See more on the offers page.

This year’s Man Booker Prize winner is Richard Flanagan for THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTHan affecting and harrowing story” of the Burma “Death Railway” and the Australian prisoners of war who were forced to build it.

Western literature is being impoverished by financial support for writers and by creative writing programmes, according to a series of blistering comments from Swedish Nobel Academy member Horace Engdahl. Read what he has to say here.

Meanwhile, this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been won by Patrick Modiano – the 11th French writer to win the award. Ponder this: in 107 years of the award, it has been won by a woman just 11 times, and only 5 of these since 1970 – if we use that as a landmark for women’s equality.

The November edition of BBC Radio 4 Bookclub features AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER? by Blake Morrison on Sunday 2nd (4pm) and Thursday 6th (3.30pm). Don’t forget you can listen again on the BBC i-player

Here are two opportunities to ask a question on World Book Club.
On Wednesday 12th November Marilynne Robinson will be talking about her novel GILEAD 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 W1 at 12.30pm. If you wish to attend please send in your name for the guest list (they don’t issue tickets) and if you have a question please send it to worldbookclub@bbc.co.uk
See our review of this wonderful novel.

On Wednesday 26 November 2014 William Gibson will be talking about his novel NEUROMANCER 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 Old Broadcasting House at 12.30pm. If you wish to attend please send in your name for the 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.
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