South Manchester Book Group

If you enjoy talking about books over a quiet drink, then please join us — new members are very welcome. We normally meet at the Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury around 8 pm but whilst the contagion lasts and we REMAIN INDOORS we'll become a virtual  bookgroup and meet online.

Please use the Contact Us form [on the web version of the site] to be added to our mailing list and receive the online meeting invitations.

There's a meeting 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 all very informal, and we're quite a friendly bunch. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

Our reading list, past, present, and future, appears here and there's a shorter version of upcoming books here.

* Do not turn up — REMAIN INDOORS !

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