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Join other literary enthusiasts across the capital in one of London's many book clubs and groups. Whether you're after stimulating conversation about your favourite novels or just a means to fuel your love of books, you can combine a week’s reading with an evening’s chatter, wining and textual analysis

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      Chiswick area. Contact Michelle Newell through the website

      Part of the latest movement, www.meetup.com, which allows conversation via an interactive public forum which then can easily turn into physical 'meet-ups'. Age range: 19-65+ Gender: mixed Genre: fiction and classics Read more

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    Brixton Book Group

    Brixton area. Contact Pete Taylor (pete.taylor[at]gmail.com)

    The Brixton Book Group is on Facebook. It meetd every three weeks in Mango Landin on Brixton Water Lane from 7.30ish onwards. Age range: 19-30 Gender: mxed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction

  • Ealing Book Club

    Ealing area. Contact Bella Rocca (bella[at]ealingbookclub.org)

    Age range: 19-50 Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction Read more

  • Hampstead Book Club

    North London area. Contact Priya Lakhani (info[at]hampsteadbookclub.co.uk)

    Meetings are generally held monthly at Starbucks on 60-61 Hampstead High Street, London, NW3 1QH (see website for dates and times). Age range: 19-50 Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics and non-fiction Read more

  • JCC Lit Café

    Hampstead area. Contact Coral Summers (020 7431 9866/ info[at]jcclondon.org.uk)

    JCC Lit Café is a book group at the Jewish Community Centre and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JCC_London Age range: 0-65+ Gender: mixed Genre: fiction and poetry Read more

  • London Gay Reading Group

    London area. Contact Nicolas Chinardet.

    Find out more about the group by joining the Yahoo Group. Age range: 19-65 Gender: male Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction Read more

  • Northern Line Book Group

    Northern Line tube area. Contact Taron Wade (NorthernLineBookGroup[at]googlemail.com).

    Age range: 19-65 Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics and non-fiction Read more

  • ReadItSwapIt

    South London area. Contact Donna (questions[at]readitswapit.co.uk).

    System of swapping books, based on member suggestions and physical book swaps. Age range: 0-65+ Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction Read more

  • The Brick Lane Book Group

    Shoreditch area. Contact N Quentin Woolf (contact[at]nquentinwoolf.co.uk)

    Age range: 19-65+ Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction Read more

  • The Gallery Café Book Group

    Bethnal Green area. Contact Zoe Hardie or Natalie Joelle (siobhan[at]stmargaretshouse.org.uk)

    Age range: 19-30 Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and non-fiction Read more

  • The Guardian Book Club

    London various locations. Contact John Mullan via the website.

    More of an ‘online’ book club, with monthly events such as author Q&A sessions etc. Age range: 18-65 Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics, crime and poetry Read more

  • The YOU Reading Group

    London various locations. (0845 155 0711/ support[at]mailbookshop.co.uk)

    Age range: 18-65+ Gender: mixed Genre: fiction, classics and non-fiction Read more

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geoff sharrock
geoff sharrock

Blood and freedom, - what can i say its frenetic all action and hardly gives the reader time for breath, but at the same time you do not want to put it down and if you do you cannot wait to pick it up and begin reading again. The American hero McNeill goes through torment and turmoil to the depths of personal despair and is thrown together in war torn Yugoslavia with the corrupt Generals daughter, Alina who also has lost everything, and together they are escaping the war and the Generals henchmen. A gritty gripping book and absolute absorbing read. Thoroughly recommended.!! Geoff

THE ITALIAN BOOKCLUB
THE ITALIAN BOOKCLUB

review For this summer I can recommend THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU THE OLDEST MILITARY TREATISE IN THE WORLD. I ve read this book during one of my worst period of my life : my separation. I was facing to this struggle , harrowing and distressing phase of my life , feeling of bad emotions , depressing and likewise be under attack. Yes under attack , as well as in the war , feeling to be heated and being beaten , threatened. Well , i thought , that s life and that' s my life at moment. I started to read th...more For this summer I can recommend THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU THE OLDEST MILITARY TREATISE IN THE WORLD. I ve read this book during one of my worst period of my life : my separation. I was facing to this struggle , harrowing and distressing phase of my life , feeling of bad emotions , depressing and likewise be under attack. Yes under attack , as well as in the war , feeling to be heated and being beaten , threatened. Well , i thought , that s life and that' s my life at moment. I started to read the ART OF WAR , 1 page every day for elaborate an exit strategy : be capable to win my ex wife Sentences in the book as : The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. Therefore those sentences thought me a diffferent approach and point of view facing the divorce and consequently the life after divorce. WHAT ABOUT MY DAYS NOW : I HAVE A SELF-PERCEPTION WAISER, MORE OBSERVER AND STRATEGIC , and ACTUALLY I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE ART OF WAR AS STRATEGY MANUAL OF EVERYDAY LIFE -BATTLE

IEBOOK
IEBOOK

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Natalia
Natalia

This is quite updated, could you re do this?

Dave
Dave

Dear Fellow Reader Re Roger Clifton Could not resist forwarding, admittedly the beginning is heavy going, but the reality of the story really bites when you get into the legal section, admittedly this happened a few years ago and the legal system has changed, but to what extent? Your guess is as good as mine? And feel sure you will do the same when you've read through the terrible experiences that ruined a person's life. Click on this link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLVAKW4 Kindest regards Dave Allen

Andrew Hain
Andrew Hain

Just self published "Gathering the Light" a novel in the visionary fiction genre. I would be happy to come to London book clubs within reasonable travelling distance of Kingston upon Thames to discuss my novel with members.

Frog Mom
Frog Mom

I'm new to London and live in the Fulham/Earls Court area. Are there any book clubs for kids? My 9-year old is a voracious reader of fantasy, spy, adventure books and would love to be part of a kids' book club.

Georga McCrae
Georga McCrae

Hi there, This is Georga McCrae, the author of a new erotic thriller, The Collared Slave. My novel is nearing release and as a proud North Londoner I'd be interested in discussing the ideas and story behind my book, I feel it would be an interesting and engaging talk for you club especially with the recent success of Fifty Shades of Grey and the supposed acceptance of BDSM in erotica. Can you pass me over the details of the right person to get in contact with or who deals with these arrangements? Many thanks for your help Georga

k.
k.

I am looking for the South East London Book Club. Anyone has heard of it? Is it the same as the East London book club?

Mike Lettau
Mike Lettau

Greetings Mike Lettau from Toronto Canada I am seeking a hard cover book Good people by Marcel Montecino could any one help me? and many thanks

Ike Obidike
Ike Obidike

I am new to London and living in Blackheath. I am eager to join a book club near me asap. Can anyone help with some recommendations?

Gerard
Gerard

Wimbledon Book Club runs on the first and third Monday of the month. Places are limited to 16 per meeting to make sure there is enough space for people to speak. Excellent. http://www.wimbledonbookclub.com

KL
KL

The North London Reading Group is a network of 20 different groups that meet across north and central London. New members always welcome, visit www.northlondonreadinggroup.co.uk to register your interest. Join our mailing list to be notified of our upcoming social events, including pub crawls, quiz nights and Bookstock, which showcases up and coming authors and poets.

KateJ
KateJ

I went to the Science Fiction Book Club last monday and had an excellent time. The organiser, Gerard, limits the number of people who can come along which really helps make sure there is enought space for people to be heard. Recommended. http://www.sciencefictionbookclub.org