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Bookgroup of the Month

Every month we feature a different bookgroup. We'd like to hear from other bookgroups. Please email us at [email protected] and tell us about your group. If we choose it we'll send you a book voucher for 10.



Who are you?

We are a worldwide group of readers linked by the internet with 'doves' as far flung as New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Nashville, Melbourne, Germany, Spain as well as across the UK.

How did you get started?

A love of Persephone books was our raison d'etre and a few of us established the group after meeting at the first Persephone Conference at Newnham, Cambridge UK

How long have you been going?

2 years

Where and how often do you meet?

24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We average about 800 posts a month. There is a constant flow of messages day and night; as UK doves go to sleep the US doves are waking up, however we remain constantly confused about which day it is for the Australian doves!

What sort of books do you read?

We have a year long planned programme of Persephone reading based on a chosen book every other month. This will be led by one person who will post an introduction to the book and the author and then encourage the discussion to flow- September is Fidelity by Susan Glaspell. We may also have chosen companion reads to read alongside these to add to the interest. In between, there is a constant flow of reading discussion and recommends. Any dove may suggest a book they've read on any subject and often a small group will take it up and a new thread will start.

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

From Persephone these would be Consequences by E.M.Delafield and The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Which are the worst books you have read?

In the early days we read Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey and it wasn't a favourite.

Anything else?

We have a growing number of extensions to the dovecote to cope with more specialist reading, dovediaries, edithwhartondoves, dunnettdoves to name but a few.
We also run a worldwide postal reading group amongst ourselves and a weekly serial read of a long classic (currently The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope)
We encourage off-topic chat much as we would if we were all gathered in the same room and this has created a vibrantly warm, friendly and humorous online community that welcomes new members. We are all complete bookaholics with a fearsome and worrying book buying/library habit that always meets with complete approval from other doves, in fact the worse you are the better it makes everyone else feel!