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Poet, author and civil rights champion, Maya Angelou, who died on 28 May.

Newsletter No 223

June 2014

“Who seeth not that he that is an evil counsellor to a prince is an evil counsellor to a realm? If it be a sin to be an evil counsellor to one man, what abomination, what devilish and horrible sin is it to be a flatterer or an evil counsellor to a prince?”
Thomas Cromwell, in a letter to Stephen Vaughan.

The Book of the Month is BRING UP THE BODIES, part two of the tremendous Tudor trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, by Hilary Mantel. Go to the competition page to win a copy and read an interview with the author.

The other recommended title is SOUTH RIDING, a wonderful modern classic, by Winifred Holtby.
Let us know what you think of our reviews. Leave your comments at the bottom of any review - we’d love to hear them.

The crime review is DEATH IN PONT-AVEN by Jean-Luc Bannalec, a real page-turner set in glorious Brittany.

The 10 lucky winners of THE LIE by Helen Dunmore, are: Robert Smith, Bow, London; Lyn Bosomworth, Hebburn; Jade Fitzgerald, Hertford; Katie Witherington, Poole; Darren Weston, Guildford; Diane Pell, Stevenage; Simone Kowitz, London; Gail Chappell, Bournemouth; Janice Kirkaldy, Southampton and Jeannie Flynn, Hove.
Many thanks to Windmill, the publishers.

The lucky winner of the book and film poster of THE TWO FACES OFJANUARY by Patricia Highsmith is Lesley Tyler from Nottingham.

The Bookgroup of the Month is Warrington Readers Group with eclectic reading tastes!

Welcome to all the new groups who have recently registered with us. Now is the time to request your FREE BOOKS! Just go to the offers page. This is for ALL registered groups (sorry, UK and N. Ireland groups only) not just new ones. If your group is not registered then just fill in the form. It’s a very simple process. N.B. You only need to register once.
Do your bookgroup details need updating? Email us at info@bookgroup.info and we’ll amend your directory entry for you.

Do you want to be our BGoTM? Just fill in the questionnaire and win a £10 voucher if you’re chosen.

Here are some new groups recently registered with us who are looking for members: Stilettos Network, Birmingham; Waterstones Bookgroup, Cardiff; Just Girls, Plymouth; Worthing Book Club; South Friern Library Bookgroup, London; Nether Stowey Bookgroup, nr. Bridgewater; Limehouse Books and Films, London; Just Book Off, Stockport and Pride and Prejubook, Ascot. So if you're looking for a group in any of those areas, get in touch with them through their page on the directory.

See what’s on in your area on our list of festivals and events. If you want us to include something free on the listings page then complete the registration form or contact us at info@bookgroup.info

Waterstones is to open its first new store in six years “designed for the 21st century,” which follows news that the growth in ebook sales is set to slow. Read more.

If you’re looking for an independent bookshop in your town our list could tell you if there’s one near you, or if you own or manage an independent bookshop we can list your shop free on the site. Just complete the registration form or email us at info@bookgroup.info for more information.

The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced this year’s winner. Eimear McBride, a first-time novelist who failed to get her book published for almost a decade because its “stream of consciousness” was deemed too experimental, was named the surprise winner for her novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING.

Andrew Solomon was announced as the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2014 for FAR FROM THE TREE: A DOZEN KINDS OF LOVE - a seminal new book on how parents relate to their children

The Pulitzer Prize was won by Donna Tartt for THE GOLDFINCH, “a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.”

Men are giving up on reading books because they prefer to watch the big screen version instead, a study commissioned by the Reading Agency has revealed.
Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet means men read fewer books, read more slowly and are less likely to finish them than women. Read more here.

A reminder that the deadline for Mslexia's Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions is just around the corner. Poets have until 16 June to send their work and be in with a chance of winning £2,000 or publication. 

Listen again on the BBC i-player to the June edition of BBC Radio 4 Bookclub which featured ROOM by Emma Donoghue.

On Thursday 24 July at 6.30pm Janice Galloway will be talking about her novel THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING on World Book Club at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. WBC need questions to be emailed from outside Britain and if you’re in Glasgow they need guests to be part of the audience at BBC Pacific Quay Glasgow. If you wish to attend please send in your name for our guest list (they don’t issue tickets) and if you have a question please send it to worldbookclub@bbc.co.uk

And finally, RIP Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights campaigner lauded for her memoir I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS.

Please do remember to forward the newsletter to other members of your group so that they can take advantage of the offers and competitions.

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