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05 Apr 2022

Blind Spot: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

The Kiss: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title The Kiss by Santa Montefiore. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

15 Mar 2022

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in her Head digital activity pack

These resources are designed to be used with children aged 15+ to explore the debut poetry collection by Warsan Shire, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in her Head. The digital activity pack contains: Bless the Daughter review sheet (PDF) Bless the Daughter activity pack (PDF) Audio recording of four poems, read by Warsan Shire (WAV)

10 Mar 2022

'French Braid' Reading Group Guide

THE MAJOR NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS OF OUR TIME French Braid is a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone is determined not to notice. Over at her studio, she wants space and silence. She won’t allow any family clutter. Not even their cat, Desmond. Yet it is a clutter of...

09 Mar 2022

'House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons' Reading Guide

Explore the themes of travelling and being at home, music, family and community from House of Music with these prompt questions for your reading group. About the Book Seven brothers and sisters. All of them classically trained musicians. One was Young Musician of the Year and performed for the royal family. The eldest has released her first album, showcasing the works of Clara Schumann. These siblings don’t come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state...

09 Mar 2022

'The Coffin Club' Reading Guide

Dive deeper into the themes of the The Coffin Club with this discussion guide for your reading group. About the Book Some people would kill for a second chance. Kat is rebuilding her life. After losing her husband in a tragic accident, moving to the countryside is her chance to start again. Encouraged by her new and only friend Ginny, Kat joins New Horizons, dubbed the Coffin Club by its members. And that’s how she meets Nico. Instantly drawn to each other, Nico seems like Kat’s perfect...

09 Mar 2022

'Build Your House Around My Body' Reading Guide

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, Build Your House Around My Body is an unforgettable debut that hurtles through the ghostly secrets of Vietnamese history. This reading guide from Oneworld Publications includes prompt questions to encourage and guide conversation about the book within your Reading Group.

14 Feb 2022

The Unholy Trilogy Reading Group Questions

Dive deeper into the world of Lisa McInerney’s ‘The Unholy Trilogy’ with these reading group questions to help guide your discussion.

11 Feb 2022

Otherlands by Thomas Halliday - digital pack

Discover the past as you’ve never seen it before in Otherlands Otherlands is an epic, exhilarating journey into deep time. Travelling back in time to the dawn of complex life, and across all seven continents, award-winning young palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday gives us a mesmerizing up close encounter with eras that are normally unimaginably distant. There are lots of digital resources that you can use to enter the display competition from Penguin Press. You can download the pack here. To...

09 Feb 2022

The School for Good Mothers Reading Guide

This reading group guide for ‘The School for Good Mothers’ includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion.

12 Jan 2022

Beasts of a Little Land Reading Guide

Sweeping through decades of Korean history, Juhea Kim’s debut novel charts the intersecting fates of Jade and JungHo, two characters whose lives are brought together against a background of occupation and war. From the perfumed chambers of Miss Sil- ver’s courtesan school to the frozen forests of Manchuria and the glamorous cafés of a modernizing Seoul, Beasts of a Little Land is a richly historical, romantic story of love and resilience. Dive deeper into the world and themes of the book with...

10 Jan 2022

Cyrano reading group activity guide

Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) is a man ahead of his time, dazzling one and all with ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. Except, that is, in matters of the heart, where his “unique physique” inhibits him. He has yet to declare his feelings to the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), but once she locks eyes with handsome King’s Guard recruit Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), it is love at first sight. Cyrano promises her that he will befriend and protect Christian – and soon learns...

14 Dec 2021

Bruno's Challenge & Other Dordogne Tales digital assets

Digital assets for libraries and other organisations to promote Bruno’s Challenge & Other Dordogne Tales by Martin Walker on social media.

06 Dec 2021

Extract of The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry is one of the novels featured on series 3 of BBC Two’s Between the Covers. Find a reading group guide here. Find out about Between the Covers.

03 Dec 2021

Extract of Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is one of the novels featured on series 3 of BBC Two’s Between the Covers. Read an exclusive extract of the novel here. Find out about Between the Covers.

25 Nov 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Adult

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the book that stood out to them and shared a few words on why they loved it. We hope you find some inspiration for your next read, or perhaps spot a few titles you have enjoyed yourself! Tell us on social media by tagging @readingagency and using #BooksOfTheYear.

24 Nov 2021

Extract of Still Life by Sarah Winman

Still Life by Sarah Winman is one of the novels featured on series 3 of BBC Two’s Between the Covers. Read an exclusive extract of the novel here. Find out about Between the Covers.

11 Nov 2021

The Prince of the Skies A3 Poster

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here is a downloadable A3 poster.

11 Nov 2021

The Prince of the Skies Reading Group Questions

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here are some downloadable questions for reading groups.

04 Nov 2021

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist reading group guides

If you’re reading any of the Booker Prize 2021 shortlisted titles, these reading guides will help to spark discussion and get you thinking.

02 Nov 2021

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie - Book Club Kit

Oneworld have created a Book Club Kit for His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. His Only Wife is a captivating debut and a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick! ‘Vivid, witty and utterly absorbing.’ Daily Mail In one of the most talked about and hilarious debuts of the year, Afi Tekple, a bright young seamstress from a small town in Ghana, is convinced by her family to marry a man she has never met. The fact that she doesn’t know Elikem seems a small price to pay for a marriage that offers her...

19 Oct 2021

RISE by Maliha Abidi: competition resources

This pack contains an PDF sampler of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and a promotional poster for a competition inspired by the book. RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade marmalade business who went on to found Women’s World Banking, to the first Black female astronaut, these trailblazers have risen above challenges to reach dizzying heights. For the competition, we ask entrants to submit a written profile or artwork...

27 Sep 2021

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Reading Guide

Faber have created a reading guide to one of the BBC’s ‘100 novels that shaped our world’, and the Guardian called ‘a modern classic’. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s only novel, is partially based on Plath’s own life. It has been celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society, and continues to reach new readers and sell millions of copies worldwide.

16 Sep 2021

100 Poets by John Carey Reading Group Questions

John Carey has compiled a short, uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their very best poems. Here are some book club questions to aid discussion.

15 Sep 2021

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Reading Group Questions

Readers questions for the award winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. A perfect choice for book clubs.

19 Jul 2021

Choose Songbirds for your next Reading Group

We are pleased to be able to offer downloadable Reading Group questions for Songbirds, the powerful follow-up to The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone. Nisha’s lover, Yiannis, is a poacher, hunting the tiny songbirds on their way to Africa each winter. His dreams of a new life, and of marrying Nisha, are shattered when she vanishes. No one cares about...

15 Jul 2021

Radio 2 Book Club titles April-June 2021

Here are all the titles recommended by the Radio 2 Book Club on the Steve Wright in the Afternoon Show from April to June 2021. These books were chosen in collaboration with librarians in the UK. You can find out more on our website.

09 Jul 2021

National Poetry Day Discussion Notes

Join in the National Poetry Day celebration on 7 October by choosing a book from the list of recommended books for reading groups. There’s no right or wrong way to approach poetry, or to appreciate and discuss it. This guide will provide your group with questions for each of National Poetry Day’s recommended reads. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2021

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara - Reading Guide Booklet

Discover the heart-rending, unforgettable novel longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2020 with Vintage’s Reading Group Booklet. We would love to see how you use the reading guide on social media using #DjinnPatrol and @VintageBooks. ‘A dazzling, wonderful book’ ELIF SHAFAK ‘The arrival of a literary supernova… Warning: if you begin in the morning, don’t expect to get anything done for the rest of the day’ NEW YORK TIMES In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous...

23 Jun 2021

The Courage to Care Reading Guide

The Courage to Care is a vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of Kindness. Written by Christie Watson and published by Vintage.

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