Posted by: Tim Dodds | April 23, 2011

The BIG READ Debate

Ever wanted to share your opinion on a book with others, and understand how other readers interpret a story, now is your chance.

Our chosen book is The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale. The Big Read Debate is from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Saturday 21st May at the Camberley Theatre. You don’t have to have read the book to be part of the debate,  but it will help.

Nigel Farndale says “I’m pretty sure I know what it means, but, as I’m discovering from the letters and emails people have been sending me, it is open to interpretation.”  Listen to our panel of experts discuss and debate their interpretation of the book. But then, of course, you’re an expert too, so here’s your chance to say what it means to you.

Our panel includes BBC TV News presenter Juliette Foster, our MP the Rt Hon Michael Gove, Jo Lyddiatt, the reading group leader of Camberley Library, and Nick Mowat, head of Cultural and Commercial Services at Surrey Heath Borough Council.



  1. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Big Debate. It was informative, interesting and thoroughly entertaining. Well done to the panel and an even bigger well done to the organisers!

  2. I thought the debate on The Blasphemer was excellent too. Panel’s comments gave a well-rounded analysis and raised a few smiles too. My husband and I both read it – could not put it down. I can easily forgive author for some implausible, contrived bits! The Big Read Debate is definitely a formula that works and should be repeated next year.

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