Winners of the Penguin/Orange Readers' Group Prize, 2007
Additional Event at Blackwell
The Readers' Voice 2010
following the Convention
can be found here.
Authors read by
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
For details go to the group's website
googlepages.com 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.
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."
The Readers' Voice
TheReadersVoice.googlepages.com © Kathryn D. Wilson, 2008,2009, 2010 (Last updated: 31 January, 2010)