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Radio 2 Book Club: The Gene


The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee will feature on the Radio 2 Fact not Fiction Book Club on Thursday 30 June. The book was selected with the help of a panel made up of Reading Agency and library staff from across the UK. Find out more about the non-fiction strand of the Radio 2 Book Club. Read more »

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Radio 2 Book Club: False Hearts


False Hearts by Laura Lam will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 4 July. The book was selected with the help of a panel made up of Reading Agency and library staff from across the UK. We have an exclusive extract available for you to read as well as a discussion guide for your reading group. Read more »

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National Reading Group Day Real Life Read winner for 2016


We’re delighted to announce that In Search of Mary has been crowned our National Reading Group Day 2016 Real Life Read winner. The book received over one quarter of the total votes on our online poll searching for the narrative non-fiction title that reading groups most want to read this year. The book tells the story of its author’s search for the life and legacy of pioneering eighteenth century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Read more »

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Meet the Swaying Ladies


Joining a reading group was a ‘turning point’ for Clare Robinson. She went on to found the Swaying Ladies group and talked to us recently about what it means to her. My book club helped me through tough times. I wouldn’t say I was an especially discerning reader, but books have always been part of my life. I do remember being blown away, aged 14, by Jane Eyre – the intrigue; the first wife hidden away in the attic, and I really identified with Jane. Read more »

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Reading Groups - are you inspired by prize winners?


With National Reading Group Day approaching, we’ve been thinking about the ways reading groups choose their books. With so many titles available, how do you find the right fit for your group? According to the results of our big reading group survey, one of the most popular sources of titles was from book prizes. For that reason, we’ve taken a look at three very different big book prize winners from this year. Read more »