Reading groups are one of the success stories of the age. Newspapers are writing about them; celebrities are forming them. There are more than 50,000 people in reading groups in the UK (and this is nothing compared to the numbers in America). They take place in libraries, businesses,bookshops, pubs, hospitals, community centres, but, above all, in the home. Friendships are formed. People argue and sometimes the discussion can lead to people swapping views that they would never share in other circumstances. But is the Reading Group really such a new phenomenon? How do they choose and use books? What kinds of social protocols and rituals do they observe and what do they mean? Why are men less likely to be members? Why do some groups work while others fail? Jenny Hartley and Sarah Turvey surveyed over330 reading groups to find the truth behind this modern phenomenon. The result is this lively and engaging book, which has now been revised, to bring statistics and listings right up-to-date, and includes a new foreword by Margaret Forster. Reading Groups is both an important contribution to thesociology of group discussion and an excellent 'how to' manual, incorporating lots of useful extra information about resources and lists of the top books chosen.