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The Reader at Calderstones has been ‘Recalled to Life’ – here’s what we’ll be reading this year

Written by Rachael Norris, 25th September 2019

This year, because of the refurbishment and opening of Calderstones Mansion House, our Big Idea is 'Recalled to Life'.

To help us experience and think about that big idea, we've put together a reading list to help us programme activity around each book. The phrase 'recalled to life' comes from Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, and we think we've found versions of people and things being recalled to life in all our chosen books.

We'll be offering Shared Reading groups, Readers' Days and other events on all of the books here (which you can find in our shop) over the course of the coming year. The programme for the Mansion is evolving, not fixed, and we'll be adding other books and activities as we go. Keep an eye on our What's Happening page for the latest events.


September -Home, Marilynne Robinson

October - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson

November Silas Marner, George Eliot

December The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare

January - The Unseen, Roy Jacobsen

February Roots, Alex Hayley

March Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

April The Mouse and His Child, Russell Hoban

May My Name is Why, Lemn Sissay

JuneA Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

July Season of The Shadow, Leonora Miano

AugustMilkman, Anna Burns

Happy reading and hope to see you soon,

Jane Davis

Founder and Director.

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