So, just to clarify... Those as wants are reading Anna K now, but agreeing to abandon if it all proves too much (!). Alongside that, ie also now-ish, we'll be discussing the Bryson on Shakespeare. Following that, if no-one else has any other short recommendations or requests, how about Val's non-fiction idea? All the while, Anna K can be bubbling along in the background for those who are reading it but not letting us stop discussing these other, shorter, things which we are reading at the same time. I agree longer books are not normally good, but Anna K seemed a worthy exception. Hope this is all ok and all clear.