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08 July 2016

The Past by Tessa Hadley - Reading guide

Four siblings meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. But under the idyllic surface lie shattering tensions. Roland has come with his new wife, and his sisters don’t like her. Fran has brought her children,...

08 July 2016

The Summer of Broken Stories by James Wilson extract

England, 1950s. While out playing in the woods, ten-year-old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger, who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard, is captivating – an irreverent outsider who is shunned...

08 July 2016

Father's Day by Simon van Booy extract

A beautifully crafted story of an orphaned girl named Harvey and the troubled uncle who raises her Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman...

08 July 2016

The House at the Edge of the Night extract

On a tiny island off the coast of Italy, Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, thinks he has found a place where, finally, he can belong. Intrigued by a building the locals believe to be cursed, Amedeo restores the crumbling walls,...

07 July 2016

My Name is Leon - extract

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like...

07 July 2016

The End of the World Running Club extract

When the world ends, what do you try to save? Your family. The End of the World Running Club sees Britain nearly annihilated by asteroids. In Edinburgh, Edgar Hill and his family have survived – just. But despite his best efforts,...

05 July 2016

Cruel Heart Broken Discussion Points

Inspired by a tragic true story, Cruel Heart Broken is a taut tale of guilt, impossible choices, and the consequences that follow. Laurie is a good girl – so everyone thinks. But eight months ago she did something that she can’t...

03 May 2016

The Vegetarian - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book The Vegetarian. Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their...

03 May 2016

The Story of the Lost Child - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book The Story of the Lost Child. The fourth and final instalment of the Neapolitan Novels series, this is the dazzling saga of the friendship between two women: brilliant, bookish Elena and fiery,...

03 May 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book A Strangeness in My Mind. This is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years’ worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. Between 1969...

03 May 2016

The Four Books - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book The Four Books. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician are undergoing Re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal and credentials. In charge of...

03 May 2016

A Whole Life - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book A Whole Life. Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few...

03 May 2016

A General Theory of Oblivion - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book, A General Theory of Oblivion. A wild patchwork of a novel, which tells the story of Angola through Ludo, a woman who bricks herself into her apartment on the eve of Angolan...

03 February 2016

A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

29 January 2016

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers aims to provide practical tips and things to think about for anyone interested in running a reading group of any kind – librarians, community workers, teachers and non-teachers, including anyone...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Twitter

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Twitter In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Facebook

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Facebook In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Instagram

Public Library & Other Stories competition image for Instagram In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

12 June 2015

How to start a reading group

Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers. 1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is...

19 March 2015

National Reading Group Day 2015 logo

This year National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 20 June. Download the logo to join in the celebrations.

20 February 2015

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Reading Group Guide

Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal,...

23 October 2014

Colour in Elmer!

Download these fabulous Elmer activity sheets and help him get his colour back!

23 October 2014

Chatterbooks activity pack - Superheroes, Comics and Cartoons

This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. As well as a wealth of reading suggestions there are ideas for discussion and group activities – including...

20 October 2014

Reading groups for blind and partially sighted people

Anyone should be able to join or set up a reading group whether blind, partially sighted or sighted. Here a few helpful tips from RNIB to consider. Venue Location is key – if difficult to access or find it may mean a...

20 October 2014

Running a reading group event

Sarah Davis, reader development coordinator at Greenwich libraries gives us her top tips for running an author event: For the last three years part of my role as the reader development coordinator for Greenwich libraries is to organise as well...

19 September 2014

Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013 announced

Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe has been named as the winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013. The book is published by OneWorld Publications and tells the story of the hunt...

19 September 2014

Setting up a teen reading group

“It can be daunting setting up a new library teen book club and it can take a while to become popular, so hang on in there. Begin by publicising it; talk to teens in your library and local schools, use...

19 September 2014

Running a Skype reading group event

In November 2011, Poole Library hosted a Skype reading group event, Jennifer Oliver from Poole Library tells us how it happened: In a unique experiment, a Poole Library reading group ‘met’ American author, Rebecca Makkai, and a reading group from the...

19 September 2014

Ann Cleeves Murder Mystery Night pack

Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves has equipped librarians and reading groups with everything they need to hold spine-chillingly successful murder mystery nights. Having previously written a murder mystery script based on her novel The Glass Room, starring her well-loved detective character,...

19 September 2014

Reading Groups for Everyone letter, flyers and posters

We have nearly 2,000 reading groups and book clubs registered on Reading Groups for Everyone – which is really great but we know that there are many, many more out there. Our research found that there were 10,000 reading groups...