The Book Group
By William Shaw
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Every day, hundreds of people meet in pubs, clubs and front rooms to discuss books. The reading group has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena of our age, but because it takes place in private, it often goes unnoticed. Every fortnight, writer William Shaw goes to eavesdrop on a different book group.
||Clean#7 The BeSpoke Book Group.||A special live podcast for Brighton City Reads 2018, discussing Rose Tremains Sacred Country, a book which opens with six-year-old Marys realisation that wants to be a boy.||16 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 The town with a hundred book groups||Harpenden is a commuter town. It’s also a town with an extraordinary number of book groups. What’s the connection? I travel there to meet the dynamic Katherine Sunderland and her book group to find out, and bump into writers Susi Holliday, Ch||21 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Sex and self-determination in suburbia||The Asian Book Club has been meeting once a month in Central London since 2008. By arriving the day theyre discussing Hanif Kureishis The Buddha of Suburbia I think I luck out. I listen into a great discussion of the book, and also into how the group vi||6 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Death on a Scottish island; life on a Sussex estate||On a bucolic country estate in Sussex, people barely knew their neighbours. The people from the rented cottages had no idea who lived in the expensive new houses, even though they were only a few hundred yards from each other. And a piece of paper came||22 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 A benign Apocalypse in Central London||When Leila Abu el Hawa started Post-Apocalyptic Book Group she never expected it to be so successful. What started as a jokey alternative to all the historical reading groups, or crime book clubs, turned out to have an extraordinary life of its own, as||2 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski in the Regency Tavern||Brightons Queer Books Group is a group that welcomes straight and gay people - whats important is the books.||18 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: George Orwell and Salman Rushdie in a pub in Soho||The North London Book Group is a phenomenon. One group, formed ten years ago has become a massive umbrella for around twenty fiction groups, a 19th century novel group, a sci-fi group, a Shakespeare group and a graphic novel group.||18 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|