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Tales of Mystery & the Macabre readalong

Elizabeth Gaskell's House held a very engaging readalong through April, and now they're holding another for May!




This is a collection of short stories and we plan to discuss three stories specifically and then have a general discussion about the others in the final week. We hope that those who asked for Wives and Daughters or Cranford won’t be too disappointed – their time will come!


Plan of action:

Lois the Witch – Wednesday 6 May – From 6pm

The Grey Woman – Wednesday 13 May from 6pm

The Old Nurse’s Story – Wednesday 20 May from 6pm ( we also hope to have a surprise for this week as well)


General discussion of the rest including The Poor Clare, The Doom of the Griffiths and The Grey Woman. – Wednesday 27 May from 6pm


Some of these stories can be downloaded free, or at a small cost, on the Kindle and there are new and second-hand copies available online. Ideally we suggest contacting your local independent bookseller to see if they are doing deliveries. However you get a copy please do!


As before we are asking for a small donation of £3 from those taking part, we raised £250 from the North and South read along towards our bedroom restoration project, and every penny counts.


Readers in the UK, or with UK cards, can donate via this link https://www.givey.com/manchesterhistoricbuildingstrust


Find out how to get involved here.

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