The Book Group
About This Show
Every day, hundreds of people meet in pubs, clubs and front rooms to discuss books. The reading group has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena of our age, but because it takes place in private, it often goes unnoticed. Every fortnight, writer William Shaw goes to eavesdrop on a different book group.
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#3 A benign Apocalypse in Central London
When Leila Abu el Hawa started Post-Apocalyptic Book Group she never expected it to be so successful. What started as a jokey alternative to all the historical reading groups, or crime book clubs, turned out to have an extraordinary life of its own, as I discovered when I visited them at a pub in London’s King’s Cross.