Birmingham Big City Read launched

The Birmingham Big City Read was launched this week by S J Watson. Libraries in Birmingham are giving out 1000 copies of his novel Before I Go To Sleep to members of the public and to reading groups with the message to read it, review it and pass it on! Here are some of them waiting on a sofa to be picked up! So, if you live in Birmingham get down to your library and get your copy.

Here on Reading Groups for Everyone we’re inviting readers, reading groups and book clubs to be part of it by posting their reviews of the book. We’ve put together lots of lovely information, which we hope will inspire you to get reading and to get reviewing on our Birmingham Big City Read page.


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