Bookgroup of the Month Archive
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Barnet book group, London
Bookgroup of the Month, September 2007
Who are you?
We are a group of 15 women, living in or near Barnet in north London. We are mostly in our 30s or early 40s with children, though there are a couple younger or older.
How did you get started?
I fancied joining a book group and there wasn't one in my area so I recruited a few friends whom I knew through uni, work or church. As the years have passed different people have joined or left but the core group remains the same.
How long have you been going?
About 3 years.
Where and how often do you meet?
Once a month. We usually meet at my house in Barnet, simply because I have a little more space and I'm quite central for the group. The person who chose the book provides drinks and nibbles.
What sort of books do you read?
We take it in turns to choose. Mostly we read modern novels though recently we've been reading some classics. We also tried an autobiography once.
Which books have provoked the best discussion?
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini was the most widely enjoyed and talked about. "We Need to Talk about Kevin" by Lionel Shriver was the one that provoked the most discussion. Other books which have caused a lot of discussion have been: "The Poisonwood Bible", "Lovely Bones" and "The Time-Traveller's Wife".
What was your worst read?
Probably "The Wide Sargasson Sea" by Jean Rhys.