The 2008 Penguin/Orange Broadband Readers' Group Prize went to Laura's Book Group from Edinburgh, who have shown extraordinary dedication :
Its 13 members dined on deep fried crickets when reading Geoff Ryman's Cambodia-set The King's Last Song, eyeball gobstoppers when discussing Michel Faber's hitchhiker horror Under the Skin, and chocolate fountains and champagne for Jeanette Winterson's erotic novel Written on the Body. ... The group also tries to match its venues to its books, once meeting in a pub below the Forth Road Bridge when discussing The Thirty-Nine Steps. Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions saw members dressing up as characters from the book. "After a few glasses of wine it's quite fun, and it brings more to the books as it makes us fully experience them," said Wilkie. Laura's Book Group has won a visit from author Lauren St John who will lead a session on her book Rainbow's End, and a visit to Penguin's offices in London.An all-male reading group from Bullingdon Prison in Oxfordshire came second.