A former British publishing exec, Elizabeth Noble took a hiatus from the corporate world to have children, and while she was at it penned The Reading Group -- an instant bestseller about the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.
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Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, England
Date of Birth:
December 22, 1968
Place of Birth:
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
B.A., St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, 1990
Elizabeth Noble's official web site
|Noble's Acclaimed Novel|
|The Reading Group|
What starts out as a good idea, born from a glass of wine and the need to socialize, turns into much more. Over the span of a year, Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan -- five women of different ages, backgrounds, and dilemmas -- transform themselves through the shared community of a book group. Their reading group becomes a forum for each of the women's views, expressed initially by the book they're reading and with increasing openness as the bonds of friendship solidify.
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|A Writer's Wisdom|
|"Researching my novels has changed my life," Noble reveals in our exclusive interview. "This year alone, in the name of research, I have abseiled 100 feet off of a viaduct, learnt how to gamble, and danced on stage in a Las Vegas show. At the ripe old age of 36, I’ve finally realized that you are only here once, and I’m never going to say no to a new experience again (so long as it's legal!).”|
|An Author's Inspiration||Reading Recommendations|
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn|
We asked Noble to tell us about the book that has most inspired her. She reflects, "I’m going to name the classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, which I read as a girl and remember as the first novel that gripped me and made me say, as I reluctantly got to the end, 'I want to write one day.' "
|Tales of the City|
Noble also names Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books as favorites. "I first read these in my early 20s and remember devouring them one after the other, like chocolate," she recalls. "Hilarious, warm, sad, and beautifully written." Read our interview with Noble to learn more about her favorite reads, including: