South Manchester Book Group

We're a friendly and open reading group, and we share a love of books and discussing them with other people. We meet every fortnight, but you don't have to come to them all. It's dead simple; choose a book you like the sound of, read it (or even part of it) beforehand and turn up with a few ideas and money for beer / wine / flirtinis. It's very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch.

We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis. Whilst the contagion lasts and we remain indoors we'll meet online, reading virtual books and drinking virtual flirtinis — vlirtinis if you will.

We've become rather popular recently so unfortunately aren't accepting new members just at the moment. But please drop us a line on the Contact Us form and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and a short version of what we’re reading next is here.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Night Watch — Sarah Waters

Book cover for Sarah Waters's The Night Watch in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book groupMoving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, illicit liaisons, sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch is the work of a truly brilliant and compelling storyteller. This is the story of four Londoners — three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching. Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret. Viv, glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover. Duncan, an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. War leads to strange alliances ... Tender, tragic and beautifully poignant, set against the backdrop of feats of heroism both epic and ordinary, here is a novel of relationships that offers up subtle surprises and twists. The Night Watch is thrilling. A towering achievement.

This week's book is Sarah Waters's The Night Watch and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi Didsbury book people, sorry to bother you, I am a Didsbury based author, and was wondering if you would potentially be open to a submission from a local author!

My debut novella, The Woods, The Jungle, The Sea was released last year under the pen name 'Samuel Bigglesworth', and people seem to have been really enjoying it so far!

If interested, I would love to come and chat, please find my email address below:

samlloydb@gmail.com

Many thanks, sorry for the message out of the blue, and hope you have a great day!

Kind regards
Sam