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  1. Three is the Den’s magic number. Whatever yours is, give your book club real choice and maybe even take a vote on what to read next - listen to your group's mood because this way you can ensure a good turn for next meet.

  2. Be brave about your choices. Memoirs such as ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover have ignited the group’s conversation or even classics that touch a nerve such as Somerset Maughan’s ‘The Painted Veil’ and Maggie O’ Farrell’s recent winner ‘Hamnet’.

  3. Try and mix your genres. This might be inspired by an upcoming TV or film adaptation. Give your group the excuse to read as much or as little as they want and still feel a part of the discussion. Or offer up a short read. Or a collection of essays or short stories such as Murakami’s ‘Men Without Women.’

  4. Don’t be afraid of the challenging novel. Sometimes a gritty read such as ‘Shuggie Bain’ is exactly what you need.

  5. Consider books that offer good audible versions. Useful for walkers and long car journeys. 

  6. The funny/light pick is good too. Why not?! You don’t have to be a book snob or feel guilty about ‘burying your head in the sand’. Dolly Alderton’s ‘Ghosts’ or ‘The Cactus’ by Sarah Haywood are great easy reads.

  7. Keep your group motivated – send reminders and arrive with plenty of recommendations – and don’t forget if you are stuck for ideas – check out the Den’s Library!!

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