Introducing the Litro Book Club

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Swear Down
Launching April 2013 with Russ Litten’s crime novel

We are proud to announce our newest project: the Litro Book Club.

This quarterly book club is at the heart of our brand-new membership platform, and grants our members exclusive access to the most exciting new titles. Four times a year, you will receive an advance copy of the featured book in your mailbox as part of your membership, and then we will proceed to read it together. We’re setting trends, and we want you to be a part of it.

Our members are central to what the Book Club is about. We want to hear what you think of our featured novel — your reviews, your responses to the themes, your unique understanding of an aspect of its background — and we want to share your thoughts with the rest of the world.

Once you sign up, you will have the chance not only to discuss the novel with other members — on our website, on Twitter and our Facebook page — but also to respond to it by contributing your own specially featured posts, the best of which we will publish on our website.

We are also going to give you opportunities to discuss the novel directly with its author, both virtually and face to face. There will be a live Q&A session with the author at a London venue so that Book Club members can get to know each other as well as the writer. What’s more, one lucky member will even be given the chance to film an interview with the author for our new Litro TV feature.

Aside from all that, we will also bring you giveaways and exclusive offers in conjunction with the book — thanks to our partnership with various publishers.

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So, how do you become a part of the Club? There are two membership options to chose from.

  • All-access membership of Litro, which includes a subscription to Litro‘s print magazine (ten issues a year), special access to the digitised archive of content from previous print issues since Litro #80 (which are now restricted from non-members), membership of the Book Club and a host of other special offers. We have student deals and overseas rates, too — visit the sign-up page to find out more.
  • You can also chose to join the Book Club only for £20 a year – click here to find out more.

Our first 2013 pick: Russ Litten’s Swear Down

Russ Litten
Russ Litten

We’re very pleased to announce, in partnership with Tindal Street Press, that we will be kicking things off in April with Swear Down, the brilliant new novel from Russ Litten.

Swear Down‘s plot is deceptively simple. A young gang leader is found stabbed on a Hackney estate. But two very different men confess to the crime, an ex-merchant seaman in his sixties and a teenager from the estate who work at the same bar. Which of them is lying – and why?

Swear Down grabbed us from the moment we picked it up. It has already been described as “one of those rare novels that has it all”. A tense, gritty thriller, it thrusts the reader into the lives of the people who live in London’s poorest estates, and its writer Russ Litten is a gripping new voice in British crime fiction.

Russ has written for film and TV, and currently runs creative writing workshops for prisoners. He is perfectly placed to bring the world of his novel to life, and we are very excited to be able to discuss Swear Down and the issues it raises with him directly.

Russ will be introducing himself in a post at the beginning of next month, but if you want to get to know him better now you can find him on Twitter @RussLitten. We look forward to working with Russ and discussing his novel with you all.

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