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Happy New Year

Here’s to 2017! and since January is a busy time for the book group here’s a quick recap on how to join Brixton Book Group.

I only got as far as one resolution

  • There’s no fee to join, or any criteria we just love books!
  • We meet approximately every three weeks in the Effra Social from 7.30ish usually in the Churchill room in the font – just look for the people with the books
  • Everyone is welcome
  • Please read the book and come with a suggestion for something to read next time
  • Everyone can pitch a book to read and we choose what we’re reading with a vote on the doodle.
  • For updates subscribe to our emails follow us on twitter, instagram or our facebook page.

Details of our first meeting of 2017 are available here.

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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.

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

  • Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (34%, 13 Votes)
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (8%, 3 Votes)
  • High Rise by JG Ballard (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Edith's Diary by Patricia Highsmith (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (5%, 2 Votes)
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I Love DICK by Chris Kraus (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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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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The 2015 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Book Prize Award Golden Medal for best book we’ve read in 2015

Voting is now open for the 2015 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Book Prize Award Golden Medal for best book we’ve read in 2015.

Now in it’s second year the 2015 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Book Prize Award Golden Medal for best book we’ve read in 2015 represents the cutting edge in popular media awards, and ranks among other lesser known awards such as the Nobel Prize, Man Booker Prize and Pulitzer Prize as a true indicator of literary excellence.

To vote for your choice to receive the 2015 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Book Prize Award Golden Medal for best book we’ve read in 2015 please use the poll below (if you’re an email subscriber you’ll need to vote on the post directly via this link)

Usual book group rules apply, you can vote for as many books as you like but only once for each book. We will make every effort this year to create and present the award winning writer with the 2015 Brixton Book Group Award Winning Book Prize Award Golden Medal (provided they’re alive to receive it and have a publisher who owns a private jet).

What was the best book we read in 2015?

  • Station 11 by Emily St John Mandel (20%, 11 Votes)
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Sexing The Cherry by Jeanette Winterson (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Immortality by Milan Kundera (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (6%, 3 Votes)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (6%, 3 Votes)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolano (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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