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, 25 July 2019

The Reluctant Fundamentalist — Mohsin Hamid

Book cover for Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist in the South Manchester, Chorlton, and Didsbury book group 'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance ? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America ... '

So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream — and a Western woman — and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear ...

This week's book is Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and we'll be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury.