It’s Back! Join Our Reading Course Online

10th December 2020
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If your New Year’s Resolution is to make a start on all those classic novels, then we have news for you! Our sell-out reading course on nineteenth-century fiction is now going online!

Join tutor Sherry Ashworth in our perennially popular reading course, to explore this year’s theme of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. How was the mother seen in Victorian times? Was she a domestic angel, designed for this sacred role? What about the ‘fallen woman’ as mother?

To answer these questions and more, you’ll be reading a range of classic texts: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters; Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, Margaret Oliphant’s Hester and George Moore’s Esther Waters.

The first session, starting on January 13, will explore Wives and Daughters, by our own Elizabeth Gaskell, and written right here at the House! Future sessions run on the second Wednesday of each month until May.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into reading the nineteenth-century. So grab your books and hunker down for some New Year reading, and then join the sessions for a fun and informative closer look at the text and the context of each classic novel.

Readers will be encouraged to discuss the books during the Zoom sessions, under Sherry’s expert guidance. Numbers in each session will be limited to 20, to allow an inclusive discussion with a chance for all to take part, so do book your sessions soon, to avoid missing out on a place.

Tickets £10 per session

This is a five-month course. You can join one or two, or all of the sessions, to suit your interests.

Book now to reserve your place:

Illustration from Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

I'm afraid we must do some shopping

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863