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Thursday 4 July
Book Club with Ian McEwan
The novel is set in the early 1970s, during the turbulent years of soaring oil prices, economic disaster and the escalating threat of IRA terrorism. Serena Frome, a bishop's daughter and an avid reader of novels, finds herself recruited to MI5 following a brief affair with a Cambridge academic. She is sent on a secret Cold War propaganda mission to seduce a promising young writer into unknowingly serving his government. But when they embark on an affair, the lines between reality and fiction become increasingly blurred..
Sweet Tooth takes the familiar tropes of the Cold War thriller – secrecy, betrayal, deception – to examine fiction writing and the relationship between author and reader.
Hosted by John Mullan, professor of English at University College London, the Guardian's Book Club examines a book a month, via a column in the Guardian Review and a live Q&A session with the author. To be the first to find out about forthcoming events and featured authors sign up to our newsletter
Wednesday 17 July
NW by Zadie Smith
In NW, Smith revisits the northwestern corner of London which inspired her acclaimed debut White Teeth. From Willesden and Kilburn, to upmarket Queen's Park and into Soho, the narrative follows the different paths of its four protagonists - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – as they try to make adult lives outside the housing estate of their childhood. The novel's experiments with form and narrative mirror the complexities of modern life in a divided city.
Zadie Smith is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her four novels include White Teeth, which won the Guardian First Book Award in 2000, and On Beauty, winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Barbara Kingsolver Book Club
Barbara Kingsolver talked to John Mullan about The Poisonwood Bible, set in the Belgian Congo in 1959 and following the fortunes of an evangelical Baptist preacher and his family on their ill-fated mission into the wilderness.
Mark Haddon Book Club
Mark Haddon talked to John Mullan about his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time, sharing insights on the sell-out theatre show, the illustrations in the book and why he prefers Christopher not to be labelled as having Asperger's syndrome.
John Lanchester Book Club with John Lanchester
John Lanchester talked to the Guardian Book Club about Capital, his 'Big Fat London Novel', inspired by London's convulsive transformation into a world city over the past half-century.
Book Club with Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy gave John Mullan and the Guardian Book Club an early Valentine's Day treat when she joined them for a discussion of her collection Love Poems. As well as her own work, Duffy shared insights into the work of other poets on the subject of love, including Samuel Beckett, Verlaine and Thomas Wyatt.