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If YOU have ever been tempted by the idea of joining a book club but put off by the thought of highbrow discussions, the town’s latest group could be for you. A club meets at the Umbrella Centre each month to discuss literature – but you don’t even have to read the book to take part. Organiser Liz W. said the idea was to have fun and make new friends. ‚We choose books that are easy to read, and that have been made into films so you don’t even have to read if you don’t want to,‘ she said. ‚It should be fun and it’s as much about socialising as it is about the books.‘ The group was set up after people complained they felt intimidated by groups held in people’s houses. It particularly welcomes male members.
At the end of the piece there was a contact phone number. Fortunately, I was already a member of a book group otherwise I might have been tempted to join. It sounded mindboggling yet somehow inevitable: a book group where you didn’t have to read the book. Wherever she lies, Virginia Woolf must be punching herself in the face.
zitiert nach: Andy Miller: The Year of Reading Dangerously, 2014, S. 194/195