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Hospital reading group involved in 2019 Booker prize competition

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A staff reading group set up at George Eliot Hospital is one of 12 across the country to be involved in this year’s Booker Prize.

The group, set up as part of the NHS Trust’s support for the 2019 Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing, has been asked to read and discuss prize contender Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Members have then been asked to share an overview of their discussion with the organisers through the Reading Agency.

The novel Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Reading Group member and George Eliot Hospital librarian Rayanne Byatt said: “We were excited to be involved in such a high-profile award and the book certainly sparked some lively debate amongst us. The new reading group is proving very successful for our hard-working staff – giving them the chance to take a break from their busy environments and share some quiet time with colleagues. The opportunity to contribute towards judging the Booker Prize has been a fantastic boost for us.”

The group submits its views on Monday 7 October ahead of the official announcement of the winner a week later.

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