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28 September 2018

Washington Black - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Washington Black. You...

28 September 2018

The Overstory - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. The Overstory by Richard Powers is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as The Overstory. You...

28 September 2018

The Mars Room - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as The Mars...

28 September 2018

The Long Take - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. The Long Take by Robin Robertson is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as The Long...

28 September 2018

Milkman - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. Milkman by Anna Burns is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Milkman. You can download...

28 September 2018

Everything Under - themed booklist

The Man Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of fiction written in English. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Everything Under. You can...

21 September 2018

The Long Take - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

The Overstory - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

The Mars Room - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Everything Under - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Washington Black - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

21 September 2018

Milkman - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

03 August 2018

Back to School Booklist

When September hits it’s time to go back to studying. We have some fantastic books about schools, university and education for when you want to put down a textbook and pick up something to read just for fun.

01 August 2018

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...

18 July 2018

Social Media Guide

Reading Groups for Everyone is full of opportunities for reading groups, but publishers are often looking for feedback and reviews in return. They are also increasingly looking for groups who will share their thoughts on social media platforms. If you...

12 July 2018

National Poetry Day – Reading Group Guide

In the lead-up to National Poetry Day in October, we have a selection of poetry collections that have been specially chosen for reading groups with notes and questions to get you started. To download the guide, click the link below.

12 July 2018

Summer 2018 Booklist

Now that summer has arrived, we’re all looking for that perfect book to take to the beach. The Reading Agency staff have put together our ultimate summer booklist recommendations, with new and older books that we think everyone should take...

03 July 2018

The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson - Extract

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Extract

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Reading Group Guide

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for...

02 July 2018

Hot, hot, hot!

When it’s hot outside, sometimes you need a book to match how you feel. Here are some of our favourite books that are perfect for a heatwave.

18 June 2018

LGBT History Month

For LGBT History Month, we’ve selected some fantastic books for everyone to read.

15 June 2018

Books to Make You Laugh and Cry #NRGD18

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2018, we asked reading groups to share the books that made them laugh, cry, or both. We know that books that cause an emotional reaction are the ones that stay with you, so take...

14 June 2018

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Reading group questions for The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.

07 June 2018

The Songs by Charles Elton Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to the new novel from the bestselling author of Mr Toppit, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.

16 May 2018

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

07 May 2018

City vs. Country

Do you prefer being in the city or the countryside? We’ve selected some of our favourite books about urban and rural spaces.

02 May 2018

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

A Reading Group Guide for The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya. About The Girl Who Smiled Beads “The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale.” Clemantine Wamariya was...

23 April 2018

Frankenstein in Baghdad - themed reading list

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested books follow similar...

23 April 2018

Like a Fading Shadow - themed reading list

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina, translated by Camilo A. Ramirez is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2018. All of the suggested...