Reading groups are a phenomenon in England. An atypical one has won a prize -- all male, they meet in a pub and have quite lively (OK, swearing) literary discussions. What one member says:
"Despite the brickbats from workmates - 'I know people who haven't read a book since primary school' - Owen has no regrets: 'It's an excuse to drink with male colleagues. It was this or a morris dancing troupe.' "