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Amanda Craig: The golden rules of running a book club? Well, don't choose Middlemarch for starters

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AMANDA A website called The Middle Class Handbook has issued some dos and don’ts for book clubs, which are causing great merriment. Middlemarch is apparently to be avoided at all costs. "Attempt anything pre-1900 and over 450 pages, and your book club will shrivel up and die," it cautions.

This warning came as no surprise to me. As a novelist who sometimes gets invited to discuss my work with them, I know that book clubs are full of the most lively and perceptive people – but since they took off 10 years ago, they have also had the potential to be a focus for conflict.


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