Backstory non-fiction book club

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Join the Backstory non-fiction book club!

Each month, we read a different non-fiction book. A paperback copy of the book will be sent out about a month in advance, giving you plenty of time to read them. 

Then we will all join the author on Zoom to discuss the book. It's a bit like any other book club, with the added advantage of quizzing the author herself.

Recent authors have included Patrick Radden Keefe, Sathnam Sanghera, Katherine Rundell, Sam Knight, Andrea Elliott, Lea Ypi, Cal Flyn and Barbara Demick.


We meet monthly, usually on Tuesday evenings (UK time). More events will be added soon.

JUNE- Cara McGoogan, The Poison Line

Tuesday 25th June, 7pm UK time

Factor VIII was billed as a medical miracle when it was put on the market in the late 1960s: a revolutionary treatment that meant people with haemophilia no longer feared a bleed might prove fatal. But as the treatment was rolled out, haemophiliacs began to contract hepatitis and AIDS in terrifying numbers.

Even as medical bodies and pharmaceutical companies tried to discredit whistleblowers and diminish the evidence, it became abundantly clear that the miracle treatment was infected. Factor VIII was killing the very people it promised to protect. And government embarked on a cover-up on an industrial scale.

Award-winning investigative journalist Cara McGoogan follows the survivors-turned-campaigners, the small-town lawyers and the fearless journalists who took on some of the most powerful interests in the world to uncover what really happened in the infected blood scandal.


We met for a 60-minute Zoom each month, with roughly:
- 20 minutes discussing the book in small breakout groups, to replicate the feel of a traditional book group

- 20 minutes author interview by Tom or another member of the Backstory team

- 20 minutes Q&A with the author


Why can't I see the Zoom link in my email inbox?

Our emails to Hotmail, Microsoft and Btinternet accounts are often sent to 'junk' or 'spam' folders. We are working on a fix. In the meantime, please use an alternative email if you have one. If not, please check your junk folder! 

What does the price include?

A paperback copy of the book and attendance at the book club event with the author of the book.

How much is delivery?

Local members can pick up the book for free each month from our shop in Balham. Just choose the 'pick up' option.

UK delivery is free, EU delivery is £6.95 a month and rest-of-world delivery is £9.95 a month.

When will I get my book?

Books are normally sent out about four weeks in advance of each meeting. If you subscribe closer to the meeting, your book will be sent out ASAP.

What if I just want to come to one meeting?

You can! Just choose the option for that meeting only, rather than buying a subscription. You can only make one-off purchases for the next meeting, so if you want to come to a future meeting, check back a month beforehand to book.

How long does my subscription last?

You can cancel anytime. Books are sent out a month in advance of the meeting; we cannot cancel a book that is already on its way, but will stop any subsequent books.

What if I've already got the book?

If you wouldn't like a second copy yourself, please feel free to give it to a friend or family member, or donate it to charity. Whatever you choose, you are still welcome to come to the discussion, of course. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to cancel individual copies as the administration would get far too complicated! We hope you understand.

What if I'm already a member of the fiction book club?

We are giving fiction book club members the option to join any one-off non-fiction book club session for just £5 (without the book) or for the price of the book (if you would like a copy). Just email us your request at 

The same arrangement applies for our non-fiction book club members looking to join one-off sessions of the fiction club.

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