Join the NCW Book Club

The National Centre for Writing’s Book Club helps you discover new books, challenges your usual reading habits and introduces you to other readers. Every couple of months we announce a new book and host friendly conversations online. It’s entirely free to join and all are welcome!

How it works

We highly recommend you join our free online community over on Discord, where there’s a space to chat about the book while you’re reading (no spoilers!). You can join up simply by clicking here.
At scheduled intervals we’ll also arrange for cosier Zoom-powered discussions, open to anyone who would really like to dig in to the themes or style of the chosen book. Spaces are limited on the Zoom chats, so that everyone gets a chance to speak.
We also share extra resources to aid discussion and further thinking, which can be useful if you want to discuss a book with friends or family.

Currently reading: ‘Sudden Traveller’ by Sarah Hall

We are reading Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (published by Faber) – her third story collection. Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism and existential quest, these new stories travel far afield in location and ambition. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2020, the book has been described as ‘an ambitious, powerful and, at times, deeply unsettling book’ (Observer).
Check back soon for more details of how you can get involved in the Book Club; including online and in-person discussions, questions for readers, writing exercises and more.

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