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Second-Hand Book Sale

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Named as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale‘ the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House second-hand book sale is a must visit for book lovers. Held within Manchester’s very own literary house, there are two rooms packed full of second-hand books of all genres. You can browse a wide variety of good quality contemporary fiction, crime, thrillers, classics, OS maps, biographies, […]

Charles Darwin – Literary Science in Wives and Daughters

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s final novel Wives and Daughters explores the Victorian interest in science and logic through the character of Roger Hamley and the gentleman scientist Lord Hollingford. Roger was heavily based on the famous evolutionary scientist, and author of The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin. Wives and Daughters was Darwin’s favourite novel and he […]

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Second-Hand Book Sale

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Named as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale‘ the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House second-hand book sale is a must visit for book lovers. Held within Manchester’s very own literary house, there are two rooms packed full of second-hand books of all genres. You can browse a wide variety of good quality contemporary fiction, crime, thrillers, classics, OS maps, biographies, […]

Wives and Daughters V Mansfield Park – The Domestic Novel

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Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell are two of the nation’s best-loved authors. Rightly lauded for their classic works, they are often depicted as writing about marriage and the narrow social confines of women’s lives. Now, we look at them afresh as we explore the ‘domestic novel’ of the 19th century. Many Georgian and Victorian stories […]

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Autumn Meeting 2024

Knutsford Methodist Church Princess Street, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Radical Gaskell The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture will this year be given by Ingrid Hanson. More information to follow, but in the meantime - save the date and we hope to see you in Knutsford! 10.30am - Coffee 11am - Radical Gaskell - a talk by Ingrid Hanson 12noon - Bring your own picnic lunch. […]

The Gaskell Memorial Service 2024

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Every year, on a Sunday close to what would have been Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday, we lay flowers on her grave (10.45am) at Brook Street Chapel in Knutsford. This year, our service actually falls on the day itself, so our theme is birthdays and celebration. We also lay flowers on the nearby grave of the Gaskell […]

Manchester Meeting – October 2024

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Our Manchester meetings take place in Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, October-March (exc January). Everyone is most welcome to come along, members and non-members alike. The talks begin at 1.30pm. We'll bring you more details about the talk and the speaker soon. In the meantime, dear reader, save the date!

£5 – £6

Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot – Wives and Daughters V Middlemarch

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Two giants of Victorian literature, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot were very different in almost every way. George Eliot was private and intellectual while Elizabeth was outgoing, gossipy and deeply shocked by the scandal of her fellow writer’s personal life. So how did these differences affect their work? How did they approach similar themes such […]

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Second-Hand Book Sale

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Named as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale‘ the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House second-hand book sale is a must visit for book lovers. Held within Manchester’s very own literary house, there are two rooms packed full of second-hand books of all genres. You can browse a wide variety of good quality contemporary fiction, crime, thrillers, classics, OS maps, biographies, […]

Unmarried Women: A Life of Freedom?

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, Wives and Daughters, explored the position of women in 19th century society and the pressure on them to marry. Her book had much to say about marriage, including storylines like Mrs Gibson’s marriage of necessity, Cynthia’s secret engagement and Molly’s hoped-for love-match. Now we compare fiction with reality in this special […]

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Knutsford Meeting – October 2024

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or use the […]

£5 – £6

Halloween – Brides of Dracula

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A talk to mark the bi-centary year of Lord Byron. Step into the dark side to look at literary vampires, starting with his unfinished novel The Burial: A Fragment. Byron’s supernatural story may have been the first in English to feature a vampire but it certainly was not the last and many that followed featured […]

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Manchester Meeting – November 2024

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Our Manchester meetings take place in Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, October-March (exc January). Everyone is most welcome to come along, members and non-members alike. The talks begin at 1.30pm. We'll bring you more details about the talk and the speaker soon. In the meantime, dear reader, save the date!

£5 – £6

Second-Hand Book Sale

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Named as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale‘ the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House second-hand book sale is a must visit for book lovers. Held within Manchester’s very own literary house, there are two rooms packed full of second-hand books of all genres. You can browse a wide variety of good quality contemporary fiction, crime, thrillers, classics, OS maps, biographies, […]

Knutsford Meeting – November 2024

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or use the […]

£5 – £6

Manchester in Victorian Literature

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Manchester is the dramatic backdrop to literary classics, such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, and lesser-known works, such as Isabella Banks’s The Manchester Man. The city has been at the forefront of industrial change and political radicalism but what about literature? How have events from the Industrial Revolution to Peterloo inspired writers? How are the lives of […]

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Manchester Meeting – December 2024

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Our Manchester meetings take place in Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, October-March (exc January). Everyone is most welcome to come along, members and non-members alike. The talks begin at 1.30pm. We'll bring you more details about the talk and the speaker soon. In the meantime, dear reader, save the date!

£5 – £6

Second-Hand Book Sale

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Named as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale‘ the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House second-hand book sale is a must visit for book lovers. Held within Manchester’s very own literary house, there are two rooms packed full of second-hand books of all genres. You can browse a wide variety of good quality contemporary fiction, crime, thrillers, classics, OS maps, biographies, […]

Knutsford Meeting – January 2025

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or use the […]

£5 – £6

Manchester Meeting – February 2025

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Our Manchester meetings take place in Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, October-March (exc January). Everyone is most welcome to come along, members and non-members alike. The talks begin at 1.30pm. We'll bring you more details about the talk and the speaker soon. In the meantime, dear reader, save the date!

£5 – £6

Knutsford Meeting – February 2025

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or use the […]

£5 – £6

Manchester Meeting – March 2025

Cross Street Chapel Cross Street,, Manchester, United Kingdom

Our Manchester meetings take place in Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, October-March (exc January). Everyone is most welcome to come along, members and non-members alike. The talks begin at 1.30pm. We'll bring you more details about the talk and the speaker soon. In the meantime, dear reader, save the date!

£5 – £6

Knutsford Meeting – March 2025

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or book online […]

£5 – £6

Knutsford Meeting – April 2025

Brook Street Chapel Adam's Hill,, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Our monthly Knutsford meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, between October and April (except December). Bring your own packed lunch from 1pm and then enjoy a friendly and informal talk and discussion, 2-3pm. Everyone is most welcome. £5 members, £6 non-members Simply come along and pay on the door, or book online […]

£5 – £6