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Bookgroup of the Month Archive

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

MKU3A Reading Group, Milton Keynes

Bookgroup of the Month, March 2008

Who are you?

We are a group of some 17 people all of whom are members of Milton Keynes University of the Third Age - all retired and all women except one man, the leader and founder of the group - we have tried but failed to attract any other men. One once expressed interest but pulled out at the last minute because he "only reads books about sailing"!

How did you get started?

When one Reading for Pleasure Group in Milton Keynes was too full to take any more members a small group of us met to consider forming another group in the summer of 2002.

How long have you been going?

Since that first meeting and we've met every month since then.

Where and how often do you meet?

We meet monthly in the home of the leader in Newport Pagnell.

What sort of books do you read?

We mostly read modern fiction although we have read an Arnold Bennett, a Thomas Hardy, and one or two other older books.

Which books have provoked the best discussion?

"The Tenderness of Wolves" by Stef Penney,"The Secret River" by Kate Grenville, "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngosi Adichie and "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky.

What was your worst read?

"These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach

Anything else?

Our only regret is that we don't have more men who are prepared to come along and join in the discussion - and that there aren't more months in the year to satisfy our hunger for more reading and the icing on the cake - the discussion of them!

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