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Making the group work

This book group has been going for over ten years. There are five of us and we have grown from being acquaintances to being very close friends. We started off when our families were young and finding time to read was a luxury, and have witnessed each other develop our talents, further our careers and raise our children with pleasure. Here are some tips based on our experience for starting up a book group.

You may want to think about:

How to choose the book

This took us a while to perfect but in the end we found the best method is for the host to choose a book (or to offer a choice of up to three and then vote for one). The choices are usually based on:

Alternatively simply go to our review page and browse through our recommended list

What to discuss

Weve found that taking down short notes on a postcard while reading the book helps enormously when it comes to later discussion. Points to discuss could include:

How to buy the books

In Association with Amazon.co.uk

Buying hardbacks can be expensive so, for reasons of economy, you may want to restrict your books to paperbacks. Availability can sometimes be a problem but you can click through from any of the books reviewed here and buy them direct from Amazon.co.uk where they can usually be dispatched within 24 hours.

Happy reading!