I have read so much more widely since being involved in reading groups – and the laughter and argument and shared experience are just as important as judging the literary merit of this or that title!

A birthday card I received this year shows four women of indeterminate age – looking rather like the wives who intimidated their menfolk in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ – beneath the caption, My book club can beat up your book club. Inside, my friend admitted this wasn’t a fair representation of her group – after all, her fellow members didn’t wear hats or beads…

I was reminded of a reading groups’ event in Frome Library on World Book Night some years ago. Readers were invited to say a few words about the groups they represented and how they operated. One at least was run with what seemed like almost military precision: the list of titles was laid out months in advance, like a new student’s reading list, and each member was required to speak for five minutes – no more, no less – on the title selected. For…

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