Announcing the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016

It’s with great honour I can announce the long list for the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016.

2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We've Read in 2016

I’m not writing the title of this yet again

The winning author* of this prestigious award will be presented with the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal in a ceremony due to take place in early 2017.

2016 represents an interesting year of reading for the Brixton Book Group, with 58% of the authors read being female and half of the authors being dead.

Since Brixton Book Group is run along democratic** principals, we’d like to invite our esteemed members to vote in the following poll to choose the shortlist for the 2016 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Golden Medal Book Group Prize Award for the Best Book We’ve Read in 2016, which will be discussed in detail during our curry night in December.

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If you have a compelling reason for why you’re preferred book should win, please leave it in the comments below. If you’re reading this on email you may need to click through to the site to vote. The poll will close on the 14th of December at 7.17pm so vote before then!

*probably.
**in 2016 democracy has been a bit overrated, so the curry night will determine the winner.

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January Double Header

So I wasn’t actually there, but apparently it was a big noisy meeting to talk about Quiet, and thanks Maddy for taking notes.

So our first meeting of 2017 and it’s a DOUBLE HEADER. I’m not sure how this works, you’ve got 2 months, I guess read either or read both and we’ll figure it out on the night. It’ll be at Effra Social on Jan 12th.

book doodle

The 2 winners are:

Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich

Other suggestions were:
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
If Nobody Speak of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

See you then, or for the December Christmas party – see separate event for the details of that.

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Brixton Book Group Christmas Party

Christmas is coming, and that can only mean one thing*, it’s time for Brixton Book Group to have a drink, eat a curry, have a book secret santa, and vote for the best book we read in 2016.**

Our Christmas party will be on Wed Dec 14th. We’ll meet at our usual haunt, Effra Social, then head over the road to Khans for a curry at approximately 8.30. Khan’s is BYO, and has an off licence next door. Everyone is welcome, please try to RSVP if you’re coming so I can give approximate numbers to Khans.

There won’t be any book to discuss before this meeting, though there may be final arguments about who will win the coveted title of best book we’ve read in 2016 (do we normally set up a list or poll for this or something?? Pete??)

There will also be a book Secret Santa – if you want to take part bring along a wrapped up book. It can be old or new, big or small. Anyone putting a book in Santa’s sack also gets to take one out. Guaranteed significantly better than the Secret Santa you have to do at work.

Our next normal book group meeting will be in January, I’ll set up that event separately.

*Obviously it means more than one thing, but I’m trying to focus
** In fact that’s 4 things straight away

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