THE INDEPENDENT: Alice Jones: My advice for joining a book club – don't bother. The best way to read is on your own
Books are a private matter, an opportunity to retreat from the chatter of modern life.
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The website The Middle Class Handbook has said that too much alcohol and choosing the George Eliot novel Middlemarch are two sure-fire ways of ruining an evening at a book club, alongside picking themed food and droning on too much about allegories.
Ana Sampson, co-author of The Book Club Bible, tells The World At One's Martha Kearney about the do's and dont's of literary circles.
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First rule of book club: Don't read Middlemarch! Stuffy 19th century literature a turn-off for readers
• Blog details guidelines for successful book club
• Advises ditching outspoken friends and minimising alcohol intake
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