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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Book Group Online

Our Book Group at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House focuses on reading (and re-reading) classic works of fiction. The groups covers “the long Nineteenth Century”, often looking at how British novels developed in conversation with other national literary traditions. The group is especially interested in women writers who carry on the spirit of Elizabeth Gaskell’s work.

During 2020, the group will explore early 20th Century literature, with a special centenary focus on the 1920s.

The reading list will widen its focus in 2021, and one of the highlights will be our own Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography of her friend, Charlotte Bronte, who was a visitor here at the House.

New members are warmly welcomed. Meetings are led by Karen Laird, a volunteer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 1:00 – 2:15 pm.

The group now meets via Zoom and pre-booking is required, together with a donation of £3. You will be sent the log in details for Zoom once you have booked.
Booking will close 24 hours before the group meets to give us time to send out links to everyone. 

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2020 Reading List

16 January : Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)

20 February : Marcel Pagnol, My Father’s Glory and My Mother’s Castle (1957)

19 March: Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)

16 April: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

21 May: Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September (1929)

18 June: Joseph Roth, The Radetzky March (1932)

16 July : Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)

August, No Meeting

17 September: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (1905)

15 October: Alberto Moravia, The Time of Indifference (1929)

19 November: E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (1924)

17 December: Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922)


2021 Reading List

January 21: Wilkie Collins,  No Name (1862)

February 18: Jane Austen,  Persuasion (1818)

March 18: Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (1800)

April 15: Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857)

May 20: Winifred Holtby, South Riding (1936)

June 17: Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1878)

July 15: Toni Morrison,  Beloved (1987)

August (holiday)

September 16: George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)

October 21: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860)

November 18: Rudyard Kipling, Kim (1901)

December 16: selected short stories by Guy de Maupassant


17th December

1pm - 2.15pm

online, Workshops

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851