Why are book groups on the rise?

The power of the Book Group has never been greater. The national charity, Reading Agency, has 4,500 UK book groups on its register – and their latest survey found that 90% of them were mainly made up of women.

Book Groups are wonderful on many levels, as well as intellectual benefits – it’s a way of gaining new insights, getting engaged and passionate and listening to other views. There are also social benefits. They can help you make new friends, find your feet in a new area, or help stay in touch with friends or former colleagues.

For a lot of people, book groups are a special space where you step out of your life and talk about something different.

Some books other groups around the country have enjoyed


The Reading Agency suggests between eight and ten members – large enough to allow for `no shows` and small enough to ensure everyone can have their say. Choose a book by taking turns, lucky dip or by voting. Monthly meetings give everyone time to read a book.

If you are interested in starting a group, the Library can help by:

  • providing a possible meeting place
  • supplying your chosen books
  • promoting your group

Two groups currently meet monthly in the Library on:

2nd Weds (mornings)  and  1st Thursday (evenings)