Reading Emotions: Love in Fiction 1750-1950

We’re excited to announce our new community book group:


Reading 1It’s aimed at anyone who likes reading and would like to discuss the books they have read. We will be reading neglected works of fiction published by British women between c. 1750 and 1950, as part of the Read Women campaign.

The group is specifically aimed at members of the public so please invite your neighbours, friends and family members to take part. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join.

Reading 2We will meet one Friday per month 6-7.30pm from April-September 2015. Meetings will take place in the café space at the Bromley by Bow Centre in east London overlooking ‘Bob’s Park’. Books, hot drinks and refreshments will be provided free of charge. We are able to subsidise transport for less able or elderly members.

‘Reading Emotions’ is run by Sally Holloway and Jane Mackelworth of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, funded by the Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement and subsidised by Oxford University Press.

Our first book is Julia Strachey’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (1932), which can be posted to your home address. To join the group or find out more, please email Sally and Jane at

Download a poster about the book group to print off and display.