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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.

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 and Mike Chidley, both volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 1:00 – 2:15 pm.

The group now meets via Zoom (limited to 20 people) 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.

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2021 Reading List

21 January: Wilkie Collins,  No Name (1862)

18 February : Jane Austen,  Persuasion (1818) – Book here

18 March: Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (1800) – Book here

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

20 May: Winifred Holtby, South Riding (1936) – Book here

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

15 July: Toni Morrison,  Beloved (1987) – book here

August (holiday)

16 September: George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859) – book here

21 October: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860) – book here

18 November: Rudyard Kipling, Kim (1901) – book here

16 December: selected short stories by Guy de Maupassant – book here

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, talks, room hire and ticket sales goes towards the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the house. If you would like to support the house with an additional donation you can do so via this link.

18th November
16th December

1pm - 2.15pm

online, Workshops

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