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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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I've never read a book

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Hi, I'm 18 and have never read a book in English
English is my third language and it's not used a lot here so growing up I only had access to my English school books and some old English/American books that were translated to French (Honnestly, even in my first and second language I didn't read a lot, I've always felt that reading was related to homework and school so I didn't include it in my free time.)
Lately my english teacher gave my class a long lovely speech about how reading is neglected by our generation and how most of us have a poor lexical field, that speech motivated me to read, and i'm asking you to help me pick my first book..
I like mysteries, thrillers, and adore noir and neo-noir genres, I'm searching for a book with a confiedent, strong, mature, independant femme fatale as the protagonist (or playing a major role in the story)
Thank you  :kiss:

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I haven't read them yet, but I've heard "A Study in Charlotte" is quite good and it features a quite confident female character - a supposed teenage descendant of Sherlock Holmes.

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