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Join in the National Reading Group Day conversation

Save the date!

National Reading Group Day is coming up on Tuesday 14 September 2021. We hope that you’ll be able to join with your group online or in-person on 14 September to eat, drink and celebrate your reading group.

What is National Reading Group Day?

National Reading Group Day is the annual celebration of reading groups across the UK. We know how important reading groups are for their members, and for many people they’ve been a key way of staying connected during the pandemic. They bring people together, widen reading habits by introducing people to new books and authors, and can help you to enjoy books even more.

How can you get involved?

We’re inviting you to join in our National Reading Group Day conversation. Whether you’re a reading group member or not, this will be open to everyone on Facebook (@readingagency) at 6.30pm on 14 September.

We recently held a vote to choose our book, and we’re thrilled that the winner is The Foundling by Stacey Halls! Find out more about this brilliant book below, and get reading!

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

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Buy this book from or to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you.

If you’re a member of your local library, you can download the BorrowBox library lending app from your app store to access this book for free. Just login with your library ID/barcode and password/pin.

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything…

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, Bess is astonished to be told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds…


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Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.


How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.


Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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