About Books on the Broad

Winners of the Penguin/Orange Readers' Group Prize, 2007 

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The Readers' Voice 2010
On line Discussion

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

following the Convention
A free downloadable e-Book is available here 

Articles from

Readers' Voice
Convention 2009

can be found here.

The Readers' Voice

Authors read by
Books on the Broad
Reading Group: 

Chinua Achebe
Kingsley Amis
Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Saul Bellow
Peter Carey
Lewis Carroll
Angela Carter
Joseph Conrad
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Charles Dickens
JP Donleavy
Ralph Ellison
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Elizabeth Grant
Graham Greene
Kate Grenville
Mohsin Hamid
Ernest Hemingway
Alan Hollinghurst
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro
Franz Kafka
Yasmina Khadra
Barbara Kingsolver
Matthew Kneale
Hanif Kureishi
DH Lawrence
Harper Lee
Stanislaw Lem
Doris Lessing
Marina Lewycka
Amin Malouf
Hilary Mantel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carson McCullers
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Andrew Miller
David Mitchell
Vladimir Nabokov
Irène Némirovsky
Jeff Noon
Ben Okri
Orhan Pamuk
Iain Pears
Annie Proulx
Philip Pullman
Ian Rankin
Philip Reeve
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Jean-Paul Sartre
Gillian Slovo
Wesley Stace
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Paul Waters
Evelyn Waugh
Jeanette Winterson
Virginia Wolf
Richard Yates
Marguerite Yourcenar

For details go to the group's website 
 where our newsletters can be downloaded

We have a website at BooksontheBroad.googlepages.com

How we started

We first met, as a group of strangers, at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, in February 2005 under the stewardship of two staff members whose combination of book knowledge and enthusiasm got the idea of a reading group off the ground. We have never looked back since. 

Who we are

We are a mixed group with a broad spread of ages, which makes for lively conversation across the different generations.  We have active members who come to every session and write regular reviews for our Newsletter and others who follow the monthly choices behind the scenes. We also have a sprinkling of virtual members from the UK and from abroad who read alongside.

What we read

We are all driven by a curiosity to know what 's out there in the book world. So we read the best we can find, either classical or modern, in English and European literature and we stretch our horizons to the three great continents of Africa, Asia and North America.

How we read

We take books apart and look at them from every perspective we can think of. If we need to know about the Spanish Civil War to appreciate Hemingway, or local politics in Israel and Palestine to understand Yasmina Khadra’s warning to the West, we will do our homework. 

Reading shared

We come away each month having read something we otherwise might not have thought of as lone readers. The surprise is, that without fail, we also learn something new, maybe about another culture, another time, or even an alternative world. Tolerance is something we might also unexpectedly bring away with us: for older members, it can be through the  re-examination of entrenched values; for the younger ones, perhaps through discovering that all is not new under their sun. The point is, we listen to each other, we cross swords occasionally, but it’s never about arguments or scoring points. 

"We are serious about how we approach texts and have attracted people of both sexes and all ages, the youngest being 22 and the oldest over 70. We won the 2007 Penguin/Orange Readers’ Group Prize because we read widely and discuss both at meetings and in our monthly on-line newsletter."
Kate Wilson,
The Readers' Voice