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Victorian Book Group – Swann’s Way

Thursday 20 June, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

June’s meeting is all about Swann’s Way, which is Volume 1 of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

Now in its 4th year, the Victorian book group continues its focus on reading (and rereading) classic works of fiction. Our scope spans the long nineteenth century and often includes neo-Victorian novels. We are especially interested in writings by and about women, and always feature one work by Elizabeth Gaskell.

In 2019, we will explore the genre of the family saga and continue our investigation of how the British novel developed in conversation with other national literary traditions.

New members are warmly welcomed to attend our meetings, held at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on the 3 Thursday of every month from 1 – 2:15 pm.

The cost is £1 plus the usual House admission (tickets valid for 12 months).

2019 Reading List

July 18: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

August: No Meeting (Summer Holiday)

September 19: Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann

October 17: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

November 21: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

December: The Man of Property (Book 1 of The Forsyte Saga) by John Galsworthy


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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0161 273 2215

As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.