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February 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: The Third Man by Graham Greene

8th February, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Unusually for Greene this was written first as a screenplay for the famous film with Orson Welles.  Later Greene wrote it as a novella for the public with a happy ending which Carol Reed had rejected for the film.  Come and enjoy mysterious Vienna just after World War Two.

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March 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

1st March, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

The youngest Bronte had a much deeper understanding of the reality of governessing than either of her sisters.  This wonderful novel shows what that reality was.  Come and meet the lovely patient Anne/Agnes as she tries to control her sometimes appalling charges.

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April 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis

5th April, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Better known for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe this is different Lewis. Here he wonderfully introduces us to a persuasive Devil who knows just how to get under a Christian’s skin. Funny and thought-provoking!

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May 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

3rd May, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Based on the Nobel Prizewinner’s own experience, this novel shocked the world with its open criticism of Stalinist Russia. Come and find out why this is great writing in a time of great fear.

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June 2019

Literature Lecture and Lunch: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

7th June, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Gaskell’s wonderful study of mid 19th century Manchester with the mills that she knew so well as wife of a Unitarian minister. Atmospherically quite beautiful with a realistic love story … come and enjoy.

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