Two years ago I started an exciting programme called A Year of Good Reading. Commencing in January 2018 an enthusiastic group of avid readers signed up to receive a new literary reader’s guide delivered directly to their email inbox every month for a full year. Subscribers have enjoyed being challenged to read new books and have been enriched by the notes, further information and the opportunity to discuss the book with me.
The initial year was so successful that the group more than doubled in size during its second year. Since its inception, the programme has grown and morphed into my Book of the Month Club.
This year I have TWO Early Bird Specials!
#1 – Order by 30th November 2019
Enter the draw to have your purchase price of $40 refunded. Enjoy a year of good reading with my compliments!
#2 – Order by 31st December 2019
Receive all 12 Reader’s Guides for the price of only 10. Purchase price $40. (The price will rise to $44 on 1/1/20.)
I hope you’ll be tempted and that this year even more of you will join me in the challenge to read a range of new books.
It works like this: Each month you read a fabulous novel I’ve carefully selected. Nobody chases you up to check that you’ve read it, and you can postpone the reading to any time that best suits you. On the first day of the month I send you a Reader’s Guide about that novel (or short story) which gives you lots of fascinating information about the author, what influenced the creation of that particular story, and a discussion of the important characters and themes.
Each guide is about 25 pages, has lovely illustrations, and also comes with 8 questions for discussion which you can share with your book group, or simply use to think more deeply about the novel yourself. It’s just like coming to one of my talks, but you get to do it in your own time.
I rank Stevenson’s Kidnapped in my list of Top Ten Novels Ever – do you want to know why? Have you read the powerful and disturbing Ethan Frome by American novelist Edith Wharton, and have you ever roamed the glorious Cotswolds with Laurie Lee in Cider with Rosie? I’m not usually a sci-fi fan, but do love HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and I’ve always felt that Travels with my Aunt shows Graham Greene at his absolute best. There’s an unusual Thackeray (Barry Lyndon) and an unusual Henry Fielding (Joseph Andrews), Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and two superb classics, Jane Eyre and Dr Zhivago. And my choice of short story is simply the best – who that has read Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child can ever forget that “great, grey-green greasy Limpopo river, all set about with fever trees”? For some Aussie content, I’ve included Shute’s A Town Like Alice.
My early bird price of $40 is valid until 31st December 2019. Receive all 12 Reader’s Guides for the price of only 10. I hope you’ll be tempted and that this year even more of you will join me in the challenge to read a range of new books.
Have you been receiving my monthly Reader’s Guides? What do you like best about them? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
* Promotion #1 expires at 11.59pm on 30th November 2019 and applies to all orders received by this time. One free subscription only is offered and the winner will be notified by email by 10th December 2019.
* Promotion #2 expires at 11.59pm on 31st December 2019. On 1/1/2020 the price will become $44 for the full 12 months, or $4 per Reader’s Guide.
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