Newsletter No 126
“Man - a being in search of meaning.”
The Book of the Month is THE HUMANS a surprising, moving and very funny novel by the talented Matt Haig
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
This year’s Man Booker Prize winner is Richard Flanagan for THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH“an 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do remember to forward the newsletter to other members of your group so that they can take advantage of the offers and competitions.