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Record 29607

Reading Experience:


Meeting held at 30, Northcourt Avenue: 15.XI.32

     Ethel C. Stevens in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read and approved


5. The Secretary then performed the invidious task of putting the dozen books favoured by the Selection Committee before the Meeting.


The other seeded books then underwent their ordeal and the subsidiary list was read a first time.


Nevertheless twelve books emerged with no less than 11 votes apiece. They are:

They were defeated    R. Macaulay    8/6 E. T. Alexander
The Cruel Victorians    Forty Authors    8/6    H. R. Smith
Flowering Wilderness    J. Galsworthy    7/6    C. E. Stansfield
The New Morality    G. E. Newsom 6/-    G. Burrow
Sir W. Scott[?]    Buchan    9/6    G. Burrow
Strawberry Roan    A. G. Street    7/6    E. D. Brain
Bonnie Prince Charlie    Wickinson    12/6    R. H. Robson
Nansen    Reynolds    10/6    E. D. Brain
As we are    E. F. Benson    15/-    E. C. Stevens
Northern Lights    Chapman    18/-    M. S. Stansfield
Youth looks at the World    Fletcher    7/6    H. M. Wallis
Land and Labour in China    Tawney    7/6     S. A. Reynolds

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 15 Nov 1932
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: 30, Northcourt Avenue
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Victor Alexander
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1887
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of the XII Book Club
Additional comments: It is assumed that it was Victor Alexander, as secretary of the club, who read out the minutes of the previous meeting.


Text Being Read:

Author: Victor Alexander
Title: [Minutes of the meeting of the XII Book Club held 13 October 1932]
Genre: Minutes
Form of Text: Manuscript: Notebook
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 29607  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Victor Alexander
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 49-51

Citation: Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938) private collection, p. 49-51,, accessed: 31 January 2023

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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