A series of literature lectures exploring great writers, their lives and their books, followed by a delicious Launde Lunch. Presented by renowned speaker Dr Jane Mackay.
£20.00 per person. Lectures begin at 12.30pm and last for approximately one hour, followed by a two-course lunch in the Abbey Dining Room.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Not a novel this time but one of the best travel books and the only one where the young German author had full access to one of the most remote and mysterious lands. A classic and the forerunner of many later Harrer travel books, it introduces us to the Dalai Lama as a curious child.
This is, in a way, Dickens’ own story told in novel form. Full of wonderful characters and the atmosphere of growing up but not strictly auto-biography. A curious book which has kept its place as one of England’s favourites.
One of James’s shortest works and beautifully set in Vevey, there is the classic puzzle … what is Daisy really like? Is she a ‘tease’ of a genuinely nice girl who means well? Come and meet her and decide for yourselves.
In this exquisite short novel Mann explores the loss of dignity of an ageing great artist, based on Gustav Mahler. Held captive in a Venice reeking with cholera, Mann’s character exposes the pathetic pursuit of an impossible love. Published in 1912, this is the most perfect of all Thomas Mann’s works.
Austen’s last full novel and the favourite of many. Come and meet her charming heroine, Anne Elliot, saddened and unmarried at 28. Anne is older and wiser than Austen’s other heroines and, for many, embodies all the qualities that Austen herself admired … but will she win back Captain Wentworth?
One of the most popular family stories, this is hugely autobiographical. Come and meet the delightful March family, based on Alcott’s own. But the real story behind the charm is very different and the life so much harsher than the fiction.
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