Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

The next book for the online discussion group #storypast is Adam Thorpe's Ulverton (1992), an extraordinary novel about an English village, told over three hundred years by twelve of its inhabitants. We'll be discussing the novel on twitter via our hashtag #storypast on Thursday 3 November, 1-2pm GMT but you can use the hashtag before … Continue reading Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

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Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Our next discussion at Storying the Past is on Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family (Penguin, 2014). This time our conversation will be beamed live from the Social History Society conference at Lancaster University. We will be live-tweeting the discussion which you can join via our hashtag #storypast as well as … Continue reading Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske

The next book for the Storying the Past online reading group is Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske (London: Jonathan Cape, 2015). We invite you to join in the discussion on Twitter on Thursday 21 January between 17:30-18:30 (GMT) or in the comments here. The blog below is by Helen Rogers. Contact … Continue reading Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske

Third Book: Julia Blackburn’s Threads

For our third book, we will be reading Julia Blackburn's Threads: the Delicate Life of John Craske, which tells the story of Blackburn's research into the strange character of this fisherman-turned-artist. As with our previous readings, this is a really different, and slightly experimental work, so we hope you enjoy reading it! Lots of us will aim … Continue reading Third Book: Julia Blackburn’s Threads

Second Book: Seth Koven’s The Match Girl and the Heiress

For our second book, we will be reading Seth Koven's The Match Girl and the Heiress which tells the story of the unlikely relationship between two women at the turn of the twentieth century. We will be discussing this book on Twitter Thursday 19th November between 13-14:00 (GMT).  Sorry to those in distant time zones! There is no reason … Continue reading Second Book: Seth Koven’s The Match Girl and the Heiress

First Book: Laurent Binet’s HHhH

Our first reading Our first reading was Laurent Binet's HHhH. What better book to kick off discussions than a book that defies genre-categorisation? Save yourself the embarrassment of not knowing how to pronounce the title and discuss it with us online, where no-one can hear you... We will be discussing this book on Twitter Tuesday 6th October between 12-13:00 … Continue reading First Book: Laurent Binet’s HHhH