Best selling author joins Hackney’s telephone reading group

Best selling crime writer Dan Waddell recently joined members of Hackney’s telephone book club to discuss his book, ‘The Blood Detective’.

Made up of around a dozen residents aged 40 to100, the club gives those who can’t get to their local library an opportunity to share their love of books and reading. They get together via phone every six weeks and chosen books are provided and delivered to them in ordinary print, large print or talking book format. These titles are then discussed via conference call with everyone in their own home. It’s a great way for them to be part of a book club, chat and make new friends.

94 year old Joan Bird, who is blind, and has been a member of the book club for two years says: “It was a wonderful session and it was great to get an insight into how the author writes. One of the great things about the group is that it brings together people at home from across Hackney of all ages and backgrounds who would never normally meet.”

After his first telephone book club experience Dan Waddell commented: “It was a new experience for me but a terrific one, a bit like a conference call with some very knowledgeable and enquiring book lovers. I would love to do it again and hope the group goes from strength.

Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture said: “The Community Library Service is a lifeline for those residents that use it, which is why the Council is committed to continuing to provide this service for some of our most vulnerable residents. It’s great that through the telephone book club we are able to give people a chance to talk to others who share their love of books on a regular basis.”

Hackney Council’s Community Library Service, runs the telephone book club, for housebound people in partnership with Community Service Volunteers and charity RSVP. The Community Library service is free and open to all Hackney residents who are unable to get to their local library.

If you find getting to the library difficult, have a disability or you are a carer, then the Council’s Community Library can deliver books, talking books, films and music to your home. For more information or to join the telephone book club visit or contact 020 8356 5238.

Dan is part of the Crime Writers Association and during June they have been showing their support for libraries with talks and events across the UK. The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell is available from all Hackney’s libraries.

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