Bookgroup of the Month Archive
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Telegraph Hill, London
Bookgroup of the Month, February 2007
Who are you?
We are currently a group of ten middle aged women who live close to Telegraph Hill
Park in South East London.
How did you get started?
We began as a group of seven who met in the playground of our local primary school.
Four of us are still in the group.
How long have you been going?
Since September 1999
Where and how often do you meet?
Once a month we take turns to choose a book and host the meeting. At Christmas and
in August we make a whole group book choice and meet in a local wine bar.
What sort of books do you read?
Mainly contemporary novels but over the years we've read poetry, travel books,
classics, crime and autobiographies.
Which books have provoked the best discussion?
Most recently the one that provoked the longest, most heated discussion was Lionel
Shriver's "We need to talk about Kevin". "Reading Lolita
in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi also generated a lot of discussion.
What was your worst read?
Most books seem to have at least one advocate in the group. Many of us failed to
finish "Albert Speer: his battle with truth". And memorable
disappointments include "The White Hotel", Barbara Kingsolver's
"Prodigal Summer" and Anita Shreve's "Fortune's