#WarAndPeace2022 Readalong

Welcome to a year of fun and adventure as we read together that great work of Russian, indeed World Literature – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Along with Becky from Tea, Toast and Trivia, and Elisabeth from A Russian Affair, I’ll be fulfilling a long-held ambition to read this amazing novel and I hope you will join us too.

The Readalong starts on 5 January 2022. We’ll be reading a chapter a day until 31 December 2022. Along the way, it will be marvellous to share thoughts, comments, insights, related reading and anything else you’d like to throw in to the mix. As we found in 2021 with our #KaramazovReadalong, community reading in bite-size chunks is such a wonderful way to work through a long book that might otherwise seem daunting to tackle. So please feel free to leave any suggestions and reactions on this or my other War and Peace Readalong pages or blog posts, or on social media. Remember to use #WarAndPeace2022 please so that we can find your comments.

From this page you can catch up on our blog posts and our podcasts on Tea, Toast and Trivia as we progress through the year (see below). I have also created a page of related resources and of course a full reading schedule.

I’ll be reading the translation by Anthony Briggs, which is published by Penguin Classics. But feel free to use any copy you may already have, or which particularly speaks to you. Part of the joy of a Readalong of a translated novel is comparing notes on different versions. So the more the merrier!

I am planning to post on Twitter and Instagram a ‘quote of the week’ each Wednesday. I also hope to publish a short blog post at the end of each Part. I’d love to hear about your choices and thoughts as we go along. Links to my social media pages are in the menu on the right hand side of this page.

Becky, Elisabeth and I look forward to this magnificent journey together and we would love you to join us. Let the reading begin!

An short update on the #WarAndPeace2022 Readalong. Sending love and hope to the people of Ukraine 🇺🇦

When Becky, Elisabeth and I launched our #WarAndPeace2022 Readalong on 5 January we were full of excitement about taking on a wonderful project: reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace a chapter a day through the year. It would be a community read which allowed us to tackle a hitherto daunting book while sharing quotes and comments…


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#WarAndPeace2022 January Update

2022 is the year of Leo Tolstoy. I am involved in a global community reading War and Peace, which began on January 5, 2022 and will end on the stroke… #WarAndPeace2022 January Update

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#WarAndPeace2022 Readalong: reflections on Vol 1, Part 1

Our #WarAndPeace2022 Readalong started on 5 January and here we are already at the end of Vol 1, Part 1. It’s been a flurry of initial excitement as we start to meet some of the main characters and their families. Tolstoy cleverly positions the early scenes in large gatherings so that we can eavesdrop on…

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