Fargate From The Madding Crowd: Planning ahead, and how to write a reader review

In September I launched a new book club in the Sheffield Telegraph newspaper, Fargate From The Madding Crowd. I review a book every fortnight, and then readers submit their own reviews of the same book, for publication in the paper two weeks later.

I also run a literary problem page, Reyt As Rain Reads, where readers write in, with a usually light-hearted dilemma or request, and I prescribe a couple of books that will set them on the right track.

One piece of feedback I’ve had is that people need more that two weeks to read a book. So, I am going to try and get myself organised to plan ahead for a couple of months! I’ll publish the upcoming choices here on the blog, you can look ahead and see what you might like to read along with and review. Here goes…

22 December: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. Reader reviews to be submitted by 29 December.

5 January: Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth. Reader reviews to be submitted by 12 January.

19 January: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Reader reviews to be submitted by 26 January.

2 February: A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Reader reviews to be submitted by 9 February.

Your reviews should be between 200 and 250 words, and talk about how the book made you feel; what it made you think; what did you like and dislike about it; what did it remind you of? We don’t need a plot summary. Your impressions are much more interesting! You can submit your reviews to copydesk.southyorks@jpress.co.uk or comment here on the blog, or get in touch via twitter @AnnaCaig

I usually just include your first name in the paper with the review, and will tag you in the associated social media publicity.

The most recent pages are here, so you can see how it all works. Thank you for reading, let me know if you have any questions, and please do get involved with a reader review, or a problem for me to solve http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/fargate-from-the-madding-crowd-1-8280931


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