About us

Clare Chandler

Irene Haynes

Bookgroup Info launched in July 2002. Since then it has become the independent site for book groups in the UK.

Irene Haynes and Clare Chandler run the site with help from a small team of readers and reviewers. We are all members of reading groups and have a wealth of experience between us.

From the hundreds of books we are sent or that are recommended to us, we choose those which have really made an impression on us and review five on the site every month. These are books that we feel would be especially good reading group choices. We also interview authors as well as keeping our readers up to date with events in the literary world.

Clare (right) with Dymphna Flynn, producer of BBC Radio 4 Bookclub, judging the Penguin Orange Broadband Readers' Group Prize.

Irene is on the panel of Exclusively Independent, the scheme with the backing of Arts Council England, that aims to bring independent bookshops and independent publishers together.


About Bookgroup Info reviewers


Zoe Fargher

Zoë Fargher is a freelance editor and occasional writer. She lives in Paris, where she also teaches yoga. She grew up in Suffolk and has a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her favourite books are Middlemarch and Franny and Zooey.


Paula McMaster


Paula McMaster is a widely-travelled, widely-read, seasoned and acclaimed reviewer. Her favourite books are Scoop, Sons and Lovers and Love in a Cold Climate. More recently, she has particularly liked The Storyteller, Animal's People and The Hunter.


Nina de la Mer


Nina de la Mer worked as a rights manager in publishing for ten years before trying her hand at writing herself. She now writes on a freelance basis on popular culture, sex and women's issues for a variety of publishers. Her first novel, 4a.m., is published by Myriad Editions.


Roly Allen Roly Allen has been selling books for about ten years but still enjoys reading them. He's a keen member of a seven-man book group in Brighton.


Roly Allen Eve Lacey is a recent English graduate living in Brighton and her favourite books are David's Story by Zoe Wicomb, Sula by Toni Morrison and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.


On Bookgroup Info you will find

Independent book reviews
Bookgroup Info is an independent website, unaffiliated to any publishing house. Because of this we can review many more books and be completely unbiased in our choice of book club selections, and in our literary criticism. In the Review section of the site you will find a vast archive of recommended books with independent reviews of each.

Literary festival information
We feature all major, and not so major, literary festivals in the UK. Advice and information about these literary events can be found here.

Book readers forum
We not only provide information about how to find a local book club, or reading group, we also offer a member's forum so that you can interact with other book readers, find a reading group or book club, and share your thoughts with like-minded readers.

Author interviews
Bookgroup Info has a vast archive of interviews with contemporary authors, as well as a featured author in our current online edition. Again, as we are independent and unaffiliated we are able to interview a wider range of distinguished contemporary authors than a publishing house attached book club service.