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Book groups are all about the questions other people ask and just because we are virtual it seems a shame to miss out! So here are a few things to think about when you've read Welcome to Life by Alice de Smith, our June Book of the Month.

Time to join a book group?

By Book Club on May 24, 09 08:46 AM

If you are enjoying the books we are covering online, it might be time to get involved in a real-life book group. New Writing North Book Groups take place across the region and it's incredibly easy to join- read the book, turn up and get talking! All groups are informal and fun, the perfect combination of drinks, laughs, a bit of book discussion and the odd visit from an author. It would be great to see you there...

Book groups are all about the questions other people ask and just because we are virtual it seems a shame to miss out! So here are a few things to think about when you've read White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, May's Book of the Month.

For those of you who like being spooked, you should get yourselves along to the new play from the North East Theatre Consortium, Queen Bee. Inspired by Henry James classic Turn of the Screw , Margaret Wilkinson's new play will bring joy to the heart of lovers of classic gothic literature. But this is a ghost story with a comic twist and owes as much to Tim Burton's gothic imaginings and the off-kilter world of League of Gentlemen as it does to buttoned-up Victorian melodrama.

On the eve of a state visit to India by the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabo, Balram Halwai, successful businessman and owner of a mini-cab firm, sits down to write him a series of letters. The purported aim of the Prime Minister's trip is investigate the legendary Indian entrepreneurial spirit and how it can be encouraged in China, and Balram is worried that that this opportunity might be wasted if he speaks only to dignitaries. He wants to tell him how an Indian entrepreneur is really born. After all he has been there....

"Ramblers. Daft sods in pink and green hats".

So begins Sam Marsdyke, the central character in Ross Raisin's acclaimed debut God's Own Country. Sam is a maladjusted nineteen year old, kicked out of school three years earlier, who now spends his days roaming the Yorkshire Moors and tending the sheep on his taciturn father's farm.

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