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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Book Group Online

The Book Group at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (now in its 5th year!) 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.

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.

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)


15th October
19th November
17th December

1pm - 2.15pm


And we've got a house. Yes! we really have

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1850