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 meet at a pub in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

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 19 April 2018

Why Did You Lie ? — Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Book cover for Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Why Did You Lie ? in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book groupA journalist working on a historical child abuse story tries to hang himself. A family returns from holiday to find their home in disarray and their guests missing. A technician who, with three other people, has been sent to do repairs on an old lighthouse, finds himself trapped there by bad weather and high seas.

They have one thing in commmon: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them.

This week's book is Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Why Did You Lie ? and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.

Thursday 5 April 2018

The Satyricon — Petronius

Book cover for Petronius's The Satyricon in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book groupThe Satyricon is the most celebrated work of fiction to have survived from the ancient world, and is considered to be the first realistic novel, the father of the picaresque genre. It recounts the sleazy progress of a pair of literature scholars as they wander through the cities of the southern Mediterranean. En route they encounter a teacher in higher education, a libidinous priest, a vulgar freedman turned millionaire, a manic poet, a superstitious sea-captain, and a femme fatale.

The recommended translation is that of Sullivan which is available in Penguin Classics.

This week's book is Petronius's The Satyricon and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.