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#8 Here come the girls

9/26/2018
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In a hamlet in Dorset, I meet a 27-year-old book group that plays havoc with my neat theories of how book groups came to dominate the private cultural landscape of the UK.

Duration:00:25:30

#7 The BeSpoke Book Group.

5/16/2018
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A special live podcast for Brighton City Reads 2018, discussing Rose Tremain's Sacred Country, a book which opens with six-year-old Mary's realisation that wants to be a boy.

Duration:00:33:47

#6 The town with a hundred book groups

12/21/2017
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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.

Duration:00:25:00

#5 Sex and self-determination in suburbia

12/6/2017
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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.

Duration:00:27:59

#4 Death on a Scottish island; life on a Sussex estate

11/22/2017
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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...

Duration:00:20:03

#3 A benign Apocalypse in Central London

11/2/2017
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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 […]

Duration:00:21:41

#2: James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski in the Regency Tavern

10/18/2017
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Brighton's Queer Books Group is a group that welcomes straight and gay people - what's important is the books.

Duration:00:24:15

#1: George Orwell and Salman Rushdie in a pub in Soho

10/18/2017
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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.

Duration:00:23:37