Anne and Jenny explain
We met at the school gates where we started our first book club with friends. As seasoned book clubbers and knowing how important it is to choose the right book for your club, we set up The Reading Den. Our ethos is simple - to share our top reads so you get the best book club experience. We keep it simple, fresh and varied.
How does it work?
Each month we present 3 contrasting book selections designed to provide a balanced choice for your book club, as illustrated below.
BOOK OF THE MOMENT
One we spotted last year
This is a book that reflects the season. It could be an exciting new title that we have read ahead of publication, a book with a strong film tie-in or even a novel that simply chimes with life right now!
A favourite in the Den
This might be a much-loved classic or a fabulous read that has been forgotten or overlooked. Or even the arrival of a highly acclaimed title in paperback!
THE WILD CARD
Something truly different
This could be a memoir, a quirky novel, a surprise read that takes you outside your comfort zone. Always distinctive and often funny and idiosyncratic.
Our independently and expertly chosen selections come with concise reviews, tailored for book clubs together with useful ice-breaker questions to initiate your book club discussions. All of our previous selections are put in our library for easy access at any book club meeting. With help from like-minded friends and book clubs we only recommend books that secure excellent scores with interesting points for discussion.
We literally are your “word of mouth” for books – helping you cut through the bookshop clutter to find the perfect read.
For people new to book clubs, we have our top Den reads (Den’s Dozen), our favourite authors and a platform to share your reading ideas with us. The Reading Den also offers gift ideas and subscription packages for yourself or “bookworm” friends and family. The monthly newsletter is free or you can follow us on Instagram or twitter.
And in lockdown?
Obviously with the recent lock-downs in 2020, we have tried to be sensitive about the novel’s tone and feel so have tried to mix up our “book of the moment” reads with lighter funny reads and classics as we know these always stand the test of time and offer a form of much needed escapism.
We hope you enjoy being part of The Reading Den.
Anne & Jenny
Anne had a successful and vibrant career in a top London PR agency working for the world’s super brands. Open the kitchen cupboard and (as her daughter would say) she’s probably worked for them.
After hanging up her tools for family life and a better work/life/balance she returned to her love of books - a past-time that blossomed thanks to her English and Drama degree.
Jenny is passionate about reading, theatre and cinema. She worked for over twenty five years at the British American Drama Academy and was a Trustee of The Comedy School for 15 years. She lives with her family in South London.
Jenny read History at Southampton in the mid ‘80s and her taste in reading is truly eclectic!