Resources

24 March 2017

Greenpeace Captain by Peter Willcox - an extract

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching in Selma behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his...

24 March 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper - an extract

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008....

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - discussion questions

Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, and Gilded Cage is her debut novel. She as twice judged the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, has made films for BBC1, BBC2, and Channel...

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - a prologue

A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy. Britain’s magically-skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them...

23 March 2017

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos - an introduction

The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d’état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the...

14 March 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group...

10 March 2017

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell - an extract

As a boy growing up on the south coast of England, Howard Cunnell’s sense of self was dominated by his father’s absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son. Starting with his own...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - discussion questions

Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies and his credits include the award-winning script for What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He is currently developing...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - an extract

You know the future that people in the ‘50s imagined? Flying cars, teleportation, jetpacks and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it was just as great as we hoped it would be. It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved...

17 February 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - an extract

War and Peace meets Grand Budapest Hotel In 1922 Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel, which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of eight crime novels, five featuring Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin and three in the DS Lucy Black series. In addition to being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Chris Ewan

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris Ewan now lives in Somerset with his wife, Jo, and their daughter. Safe House, his first stand-alone thriller, was a number one bestseller in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - C.J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he completed a BA and then a PhD in History. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer....

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. Kate has...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Nicola Upson

Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose main character is Josephine Tey – one of the leading...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Her books have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller,...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Alison Bruce

Alison Bruce is a crime novelist and creator of the Cambridge-based Gary Goodhew series. Her seventh novel is Cambridge Black. She has also written two factual crime books and a number of short stories. Alison is an RLF Fellow at ARU...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - James Oswald

James Oswald is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first six, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman’s Song, Dead Man’s Bones, Prayer for the Dead and The Damage Done are...

07 February 2017

Thin Air by Michelle Paver - discussion questions

It is 1935, and young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one...

04 February 2017

Holding by Graham Norton - discussion questions

Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include cast down policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal – until now; the...

31 January 2017

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife by John Simpson - an extract

In corners of the globe where fault-lines see the into bloodshed and civil war, foreign correspondents have, for hundreds of years, been engaged in uncovering the latest news and – despite obstacles bureaucratic, political, violent – reporting it by whatever...

31 January 2017

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germay by Norman Ohler - an extract

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler’s gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory...

31 January 2017

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova - discussion questions

When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. Today, this densely...

31 January 2017

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney - an extract

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection … but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect,...

31 January 2017

What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren - an extract

A New York Times–bestselling book which has been featured on the Radio 2 Book Club: Fact Not Fiction. When Cat Warren adopted Solo, an unruly German shepherd puppy, she soon began to wonder what she’d let herself in for. Solo’s boundless...

31 January 2017

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - an extract

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the...

30 January 2017

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

30 January 2017

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.