Food and drink for book groups everywhere

28th February 2003 at 00:00

Bloomsbury Essential Guide for Reading Groups
By Susan Osborne
Bloomsbury pound;9.99
Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide: what to read and what to read next
Edited by Nick Rennison
Fifth edition, Bloomsbury pound;9.99
Who Else Writes Like . . .? A readers' guide to fiction authors
Edited by Roy and Jeanne Huse
Fourth edition. Library amp; Information Statistics Unit pound;17.99. Order on
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These books seek to lead already committed readers down new pathways, but the covers are unenticing.

Bloomsbury's fiction usually looks stunning; surely it could have tried harder with the jacket for Susan Osborne's Guide for Reading Groups . The stack of anonymous sepia tomes gives no hint of the energetic exchange of ideas to be found in the estimated 50,000 groups in the UK.

Read the full review in this week's TES Friday magazine



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