I'm a new mum and I'm looking to set up a reading group in Swiss Cottage/ Belsize Park. Contemporary fiction: booker, orange, whitbread prize type stuff, maybe the odd classic, starting with Zadie Smith's 'NW'. Each member popping their nomination into a hat to choose the next months book. I'm looking at a venues such as the Hampstead Theatre cafe, for a daytime meetup, once a month, hopefully starting November. Possibly adding an evening jolly too if there is interest. We'll be avoiding parenting books as these seem to be a bit too divisive and we all need a break sometimes from things baby orientated! I've too long been put off reading groups by the intimidating 'book club suggestions' often included in the back of paperbacks that look more like 'A' level exam questions than conversation starters, so we'll take it easy and approach this more as a social opportunity than an academic exercise in literary criticism! Anyone going to jump on board?
Next meeting Thursday, December 19th, 11:30 AM at Hampstead Theatre. The choice of book this month is Stoner by John Williams.This novel is on the shortlist for Waterstones book of the year. Originally published in 1965 it sold only 2000 copies then went out of print. Recently rediscovered, it was described in the New York Times Book Review as 'a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away'