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Book Clubs

When I write my books, I do so with my own book club in mind. At every stage – from initial idea to outline to actual writing – I ask myself if the book I’m creating is something my friends would enjoy and find memorable. Although my book club hasn’t been around that long (a mere ten years), I know many of you have been part of your own clubs for decades, and that choosing a book to share with your friends is no small task.

If you do decide to read one of my books with your group, first things first: thank you! I have visited more book clubs that I can count since my first book was published, and although I’m not currently able to join you because of time constraints, I've pulled together a collection of resources for most of my books that includes links to interviews I've given, questions for your members to share, activities and even recipes for your gathering.

As well, in each of my books there is a fairly comprehensive “P.S.” section at the back of the book, and it includes not only dedicated questions for book clubs but also additional material relating to the background history of the novel, as well as a list of further reading.

Here are some resources I hope you find useful in planning your book club’s discussion of The Gown. I’ve included a text-only version as well as larger downloadable PDFs for the images here that you are welcome to print out and distribute to your friends. I hope you have a wonderful time and thank you for […]

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Here are links to some of the interviews and podcasts I’ve done in recent months. I may not be able to join you in person for your book club, but I can still answer your questions! To watch, just click on the interview you’d like to watch and a new window will open on your […]

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Here are some resources I hope you find useful in planning your book club’s discussion of Our Darkest Night. I’ve included a text-only version as well as larger downloadable PDFs for the images here that you are welcome to print out and distribute to your friends. I hope you have a wonderful time and thank […]

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If you decide to read Goodnight from London with your book club, thank you! Here are some extras I thought you might like when planning your gathering – all with an emphasis on the make-do spirit of the book’s setting.

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If you decide to read After the War is Over with your book club, thank you! Here are some extras I thought you might like when planning your gathering. For the launch party for After the War is Over, I made bunting from copyright-free vintage posters, sized down to a little smaller than a postcard, […]

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Here are some extras that you might find useful or entertaining when organizing your next book club. When my friends organized the launch party to celebrate the publication of Somewhere in France, they put on a traditional English afternoon tea with French flourishes: delicacies from a local pâtisserie were served along with tea and scones. […]

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