Newsletter No 118
““And now more than anything I want beautiful prose. I relish it more and more exquisitely.”
The other recommended titles are: THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, a bold and thought-provoking novella, by Colm Tóibín and, a very funny novel, ALMOST ENGLISH by Charlotte Mendelson.
The crime recommendation is DISSOLUTION, an atmospheric, historical, murder mystery, by C J Sansom.
Bookgroups, get your copy of these and other books on the offers page!
Crime lovers take note! We have an amazing competition this month to win the DVD box set of THE KILLING I, II and III and a set of THE KILLING I and II paperbacks by the terrific crime writer David Hewson. See how to enter here.
Let us know what you think of our reviews. Leave your comments at the bottom of any review - we’d love to hear them.
The 10 lucky winners of BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent are: Lee Thompson, Hove; Nikki Fitzmaurice, Wolverhampton; Michelle Needham, Chesterfield; Amanda Robson, Middlesbrough; Tracy Moore, Saltash; Amy Halls, Chichester; Gavin Sharp, Rotherham; Phil Newis, Leeds;
Fernella Kirby, Bishops Stortford,
and Jimmy Milligan, Whitley Bay.
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 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: Swansea Central Library, Swansea; Richmond Bookgroup, Richmond-upon-Thames; West Cross/Mumbles Bookgroup (new group), Mumbles; Best Classic Novels, Seattle, USA; Books @ Baroosh, Uxbridge; The Rashee Readers, Ballymore; Bexhill Reading Group, Bexhill-on-sea; Bristolian Bookgroup, Bristol; Loughton Book Club, Essex and TBC (new group), Harrogate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 T S Eliot Prize Reading Groups scheme, based on the T S Eliot Prize has just been launched to coincide with the announcement of the ten-strong shortlist. Three poems from each collection, reading group notes, ideas for discussion, a biography and photo of each poet can be downloaded from the Poetry Book Society’s website. Reading group discounts are available and readers can sign up for a weekly email. Groups can also win a visit from a shortlisted poet, a complete set of shortlisted books, or tickets to the T S Eliot Prize Readings in January 2014. Visit www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/13/.
This year’s Man Booker winner is New Zealander Eleanor Catton, with THE LUMINARIES, set in the 1866 gold rush. She is the youngest ever winner in and, at 832 pages, she has produced the longest ever winning novel.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was awarded to Alice Munro "master (sic) of the contemporary short story".
Alex Morgan of Lancaster University is the winner of this year’s Hookline Prize with her novel TANDEM. Chosen by book groups, they praised its original plot and unusual characters. Publication date is April 2014.
A 1926 whodunit by Agatha Christie has been named the best crime novel ever written by her fellow crime writers. THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, one of the first Christie books to feature Hercule Poirot, topped a poll held to mark the 60th anniversary of the Crime Writers' Association (CWA). Read more here.
Waterstones booksellers across the country were asked to nominate the book they thought deserved the title of Book of the Year. They were asked to choose a book that stood out in its field, and that would speak to the company’s core. See the shortlist here. The winner will be announced on 3rd December.
November’s BBC Bookclub on Sunday 3rd (4pm) and Thursday 7th (3.30pm) features NOW ALL ROADS LEADS TO FRANCE by Matthew Hollis. You can listen again on the BBC i-player.
On Wednesday 20th November, at 12.30pm, Brian Aldiss will be talking about his novel GREYBEARD 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 Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Should 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 email@example.com
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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