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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel prize-winning South African writer who spoke out against apartheid and racial inequality, who has died aged 90.

Newsletter No 224


“How we need another soul to cling to.” 

The Book of the Month is EYRIE, a hauntingly dark (though sometimes funny) story of isolation and loneliness, by our favourite Ozzie, Tim Winton. Go to the competition page to win a copy and read an interview with the author.

The other recommended titles are TENTH OF DECEMBER, a brilliant short story collection set in small town America by George Saunders and TANDEM, a first novel set in Scotland by Alex Morgan.

The crime review is THE LONG FALL by Julia Crouch.

The 10 lucky winners of BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, are: Filipa Alexandre, London; Sue Underwood, Southampton; Dennis Jacobs, Axminster; Gill King, Nottingham; Karen Turton, Plymouth; Alice Toop, Ferndown; Keith McGrouther, Dunfermline; Laura Baker, Croydon; Bella Smyth, Swindon and Annaloa Hilmarsdottir, Chacewater.
Many thanks to 4th Estate, 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.

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:
St Albans Book Gourmets St Albans; HNB Bookclub, Swansea; Edinburgh Central Bookgroup, Edinburgh; Didsbury Bookgroup; Arts Central Reading Group, Milton Keynes; New Didsbury Reading Group; Salford U3A Reading Group, Walkden; South Woodford/Woodford Bookgroup, London; The Play House Club, Colchester; AA Night School, Bloomsbury, London; North London/Hampstead Bookgroup and The Book Club, Telford. 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.

The much anticipated new Tana French novel, THE SECRET PLACE, another literary thriller, is now published. For a chance to win copies for your bookgroup see the offers page and read more about the book here.

On 11 September the Poetry Book Society will announce the names of the Next Generation Poets 2014, 20 exciting new poetic voices for the future. This major promotion will be a follow-up to New Generation Poets in 1994 and Next Generation Poets in 2004. On 11 September the new website will go live with a video gallery of the poets and a reading group scheme. Twenty-three events will follow across the country, culminating in a celebration in the QEH in London, at which all 20 poets will be invited to read. Read more information here
The eight titles for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 have been selected. The winners each receive £5,000.

The first Man Booker prize to admit novels from across the globe, as long as they are written in English, has published its longlist. They include 13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish and one Australian. The shortlist will be announced on 9th September.

An extensive exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London will celebrate the life and work of Virginia Woolf. It runs until October 26th.

It seems that everyone has a novel inside them – which is probably where it should stay, according to Spain's foremost living novelist, Javier Marias. Read his thoughts here. (We completely disagree incidentally).

Mslexia is now accepting submissions for the inaugural Women's Memoir Competition. The top prize is £5,000. For rules and deadlines see the Mslexia website.

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival announces the third annual short story competition in association with Oxford Gastronomica - The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, 2015. First Prize £7,500. See the website for rules, deadlines and how to apply.
Words and Women has launched a new commissioning competition, ABOUT, which offers women writing in the East of England paid time to write, and mentoring to create a text for publication and performance. Read more on how to enter at their website.

Listen again on the BBC i-player to the August edition of BBC Radio 4 Bookclub which featured Sadie Jones talking about her novel THE OUTCAST which won the Costa First Novel award in 2008. The September edition features A QUESTION OF LOYALTIES by Allan Massie on Sunday 7th (4pm) and Thursday 11th (3.30pm).

On Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 7.00pm Kathy Reichs will be talking about her novel DÉJÀ DEAD 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 the guest list (they don’t issue tickets) and if you have a question please send it to worldbookclub@bbc.co.uk

And finally, RIP Nadine Gordimer the Nobel prizewinning South African writer who spoke out against apartheid and racial inequality. Read the Guardian obituary here.

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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Nadine Gordimer







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