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Books are rubbish. We shouldn't read books. We should all be guzzling lager,
texting on our mobile phones, and test-driving new cars. All at the same time.
That's what Ciao want from us. It's our duty. Look at all those shiny pennies,
how quickly they will mount up. None for me though. I'm a naughty boy - I'm
writing about a radio programme about books. I should be ashamed of myself.
Bookclub is presented by James Naughtie (pronounced Knockty, not naughty)
and features a different author, and one of his/her books, each month.
This is the radio equivalent of a reading group, with the added bonus that
the author also takes part, discussing his/her work with a group of readers.
Of course one limitation of the programme is that it can only really feature
books by living authors, as the dead ones make rather poor interviewees.
It's difficult, nay impossible, to choose a book that suits everyone (unless you set up
a reading group of like-minded people who only read certain genres) but that's part of
the fun. The experience. Which is why I'm not in a group. Oh no. You won't catch me reading the kind of drivel other people read. Not on your nelly! I do give the books featured on Bookclub a go though. Well, sometimes.
If you enjoy reading books then it's worth a listen, you never know, you might find yourself being introduced to a new book, or author, that appeals to you.
But remember - the first rule of Bookclub is that you don't talk about Bookclub... oops!
The authors & books discussed recently, or in the next few months, are:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/bookclub/There is also advice there on how to set up a reading group of your own:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/books/club/runningclubs/Alternatively, you can get a guide from Waterstone's
But beware of giant squids who ask to join because they don't get out much.
Here are some books I would recommend for a reading group:
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