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, 23 June 2022

Around the World in Eighty Days — Jules Verne

Book cover for Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days in the South Manchester, Chorlton, Cheadle, Fallowfield, Burnage, Levenshulme, Heaton Moor, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Norris, Heaton Chapel, Northenden, and Didsbury book group Phileas Fogg is a rich English gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life of mathematical precision. He dismissed his former valet, James Foster, for bringing him shaving water at 84°F instead of 86°F and hired a Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout as a replacement.

At his club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over a newspaper article stating that with the opening of a new railway in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 from his fellow club members, which he will receive if he makes it around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8:45 PM on Wednesday, 2nd October, 1872, and is due backat the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, Saturday, 21st December, 1872.

This week's book is Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and we'll not be meeting at The Fletcher Moss on William Street in Didsbury — contact us for details.