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 now meet at Ye Olde Cocke on Wilmslow Road in Didsbury around 8 pm. We can usually be found on the table with the books and flirtinis.

If you enjoy talking about books over a quiet drink, then please join us — new members are very welcome.

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

Thursday, 22 August 2019

A Month in the Country — J L Carr

Book cover for J L Carr's A Month in the Country in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book group A veteran of the Great War arrives in Oxgodby, Yorkshire, to strip the whitewash off the chancel arch to reveal the medieval masterpiece underneath. He lives in the bell tower. Tom Birkin is a damaged veteran, his face twitching as he speaks, one whose wife, Vinny, has run off with someone else.

It is one of those summers you can only experience once and which live with you forever as an icon of contentment.

Nothing much happens, but what does happen seems important. A lovely book.

This week's book is J L Carr's A Month in the Country and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.