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Be a Cunning Women first reader!

Penguin is delighted to offer reading groups based in the North West of England the opportunity to take part in exciting campaign celebrating the upcoming publication of Cunning Women by Elizabeth Lee coming in April 2021.

The publisher is looking for groups to be the first to read and review proof copies of Elizabeth Lee’s bewitching debut. To celebrate the stunning and untameable natural landscape of the book’s setting of 1620s Lancashire, the publisher would also love groups to share pictures of the book immersed in the ‘wild’ on social media, whether this be a local wood, forest or countryside. We therefore encourage groups and members with a presence on social media to pitch.

To pitch to take part in this campaign, please complete the survey below by midnight on Friday 20 November.


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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