For years now I have been a member of the best Swedish book club in London. Once a month we meet up for discussions over some food and a few glasses of wine. Having a book as a starting point for a conversation means that quite quickly, you begin to talk about important, big things and personal opinions which otherwise perhaps you wouldn't share as much. So we have got to know each other really well, and apart from making me read more Swedish books, I have gained some great friendships.
This week, I went to the first meeting of a new English book club, which got off to a great start thanks to the wonderful book we read. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes won the Booker Prize last year, and it is a beautiful story about history and memory, youth and ageing. A very good read.