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My DearCoverMy Dear, I wanted to tell you

by Louisa Young

has been chosen as the Cityread London book this year.  This London-wide celebration of literature is designed to promote reading for pleasure and the whole capital is invited to get reading the same book during April.

Free copies of the book are available from libraries iCityread London Logo 120107n participating boroughs and there are events and workshops throughout the month.

So pick up your free copy and let us know your thoughts.

To find out more visit www.cityreadlondon.org.uk

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The Mists of Simla by Balraj Khanna

Mist of Simla by Balraj KhannaRahul Kapoor is about to take his final exams to enter college in Simla in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is 1962,  it is hot, there is cricket to play, love is in the air and then the Chinese army arrive on the borders of North India.

A book to be read in our Indian summer during September and October – fingers crossed.

The author Balraj Khanna will be responding to any comments posted on Text Tribe.

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

A Week in December by Sebastian FaulksThe book chosen for April is A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks.
OK, it’s April, but it feels like December in the UK!

We’re not the only group reading it – it’s the Cityread London book choice, and book groups and individuals all over London will be reading it at the same time. Find out more about Cityread London, including loads of events for all ages throughout the capital.

Have you read it? Will you read it? And… is it any good?!?

Reading 1984 in 2013

1984-posterSt John’s Wood Library book group have been reading George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.  

But has Winston Smith’s wrestle with oppression stood the test of time and remained chilling?

And do you hear the term Big Brother and think ‘Oh great, when is that coming back on TV ?’ rather than ‘I really must read 1984’.  

Discuss…

Re-reading novels – is life too short?

Being a member of a reading group I often find that the book chosen is something I have already read.  I used to feel it was a waste of time to re-read and tried to wing it by looking at a synopis online, but faced with Wolf Hall as our next choice might be wise and useful to re-read it? Will it give me a better ubooks-ahoynderstanding?   I re-read Wuthering Heights in my 30s and was saddened to see Heathcliffe as a tiresome bully instead of the hero of my teenage years.

Perhaps ones initial emotional response to a novel should not be tested with a second read. What do you think?

Reading anything good?

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An author you have just discovered?

Talk about it here!

 

[Please avoid posting spoilers if possible – or label them as such]

What shall we read next?

latest trainWe could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?  

253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus. 

Anyone have any other ideas?

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