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, Chloe Mayer, Sue Moorcroft and Jules Wake.
The Asian Book Club has been meeting once a month in Central London since 2008. By arriving the day they're discussing Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia I think I luck out. I listen into a great discussion of the book, and also into how the group views itself in the context of the modern city.
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 through their doors inviting them to a book club...
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 I discovered when I visited them at a pub in London’s […]
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.