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13 September 2017

Elmet - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

Exit West - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

History of Wolves - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

National Poetry Day: a list for reading groups

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September and share a poem with your book group this year. Don’t worry if your group doesn’t tend to read poetry; we’re sharing a brilliant list from the National Poetry Day team of ten...

06 September 2017

Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor

Spark a discussion in your reading group with these questions for Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor – just log in and click download below. About the book Sam and Rosie Keep have always wanted children of their own but life...

23 August 2017

The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Swing Time - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Solar Bones - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Reservoir 13 - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Home Fire - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Days Without End - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

02 August 2017

Women in Translation booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains...

24 July 2017

Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes....

22 July 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - discussion questions

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or...

22 July 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - read a sample

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or...

23 June 2017

Marmite Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 24 June reading groups nationwide have been sharing the books that have inspired the most discussion and debate in their meetings. We call these ‘Marmite Reads’. Download the full list below to find...

10 June 2017

How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

19 May 2017

Sound by Bella Bathurst - an extract

Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports...

12 May 2017

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins - discussion questions

Into The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the...

12 May 2017

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins - an extract

Paula Hawkins is the author of the global bestseller The Girl on the Train, which received worldwide critical acclaim and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide since first publication in January 2015 [to December 2016]. Now a major hit...

12 May 2017

Eurovision! by Chris West - discussion questions

Do you think the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with its crazy props, even crazier dancers and crazier still songs has nothing to do with serious European politics? Think again. The contest has been a mirror for cultural, social...

12 May 2017

Eurovision! by Chris West - an extract

Chris West is an author, ghostwriter and marketer. His books include Journey to the Middle Kingdom, The Beermat Entrepreneur and First Class: a History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. The Radio...

12 May 2017

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - discussion questions

The path of every eclipse can be predicted from now until the end of time… Kit and Laura, young and in love, pledge to travel the globe and see as many eclipse as possible. They have no idea of the...

12 May 2017

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - an extract

Erin Kelly is the author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. The Poison Tree was a Richard & Judy summer read in...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - 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,...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - 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...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - 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...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - 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...