It was 2010. I was a new mum. Lost in a mysterious world of playgroups, muslin cloths and sitting in a circle with strangers to sing Wind the Bobbin Up. But then a friend told me about the New Parents Book Group. You could bring your children! And talk about BOOKS! This was exciting news.

My first meeting passed in a haze and I don’t remember what we thought of Alexander McCall Smith. But I do remember how lovely it was join such a friendly and interesting group. A group which has led me to some great books: I particularly loved Gillespie and I, Can Any Mother Help Me?, Dark Matter and How to be a Woman and rediscovering classics like The Bell Jar and Billy Liar. And even if I’d not enjoyed – or finished – the book it was good to talk about it and find out what others thought.

So, I’m delighted to take over as co-ordinator. Thanks go to Laura Fraine, who set the group up and has run it brilliantly for the last four years, and to New Writing North for their support. Here’s looking forward to many more years of bookish, and non-bookish, chat. Our next meeting is at 10.30am on Friday 12 December when we’ll be discussing The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. New members are always welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Amanda Quinn

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