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February meetup: "Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem" by Peter Ackroyd

We will be discussing "Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem" by Peter Ackroyd.

Hope to see you there.

Dan Leno, the great music hall comedian, was known in his lifetime as 'the funniest man on earth'. So how could he have been involved in one of the most curious episodes in London's history when, in a short period during the autumn of 1880, a series of murders was attributed to the mysterious 'Limehouse Golem'?

In Peter Ackroyd's novel, the world of late-Victorian music hall and pantomime becomes implicated in a number of sinister scenes and episodes, and the connection between the light and dark sides of nineteenth-century London begins to attract such contemporary figures as George Gissing and Karl Marx. But there are also less well-known characters who play a significant role in the narrative. What, for example, is the secret of Elizabeth Cree, about to hang for the murder of her husband?

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  • Kate P.

    Hi I'm afraid i won't be able to make this one- I live outside london- half an hour from st pancras and there are line closures to east finchley. but i hope to make the next meet up

    February 10, 2013

  • Gemma b.

    Hi, haven't been able to finish the book, but I will definitely be able to attend the next meeting and will get that book finished in time :)

    February 6, 2013

  • Nicole

    Just finishing the book. Can't wait to meet everyone on Sunday :)

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks good but only just joined the group so won't have time to read the book. Next time....

    February 4, 2013

  • Justin

    Hi all. To anyone coming, a table is booked as always. I've asked for our usual table in front of the bar (when you come in with the bar ahead of you, turn right for a couple of steps, then look to your right and there's an oval table in the window alcove there).
    The table is booked in my name (Justin) if you get there before me. If they've put us somewhere else, have a good look round the pub or ask the staff. Once I get there, I'll put the Meetup sign on the table. Or look for copies of the book.

    Finally, don't forget to come armed with a suggestion or two for our April book as we always choose the book two months in advance.

    February 4, 2013

  • Zoe B.

    I'll be there! I'm completely new to this though so, apologies in advance for the silly question, do I just turn up and look for people with copies of Dan Leno?

    January 21, 2013

    • Justin

      Hi Zoe. Essentially yes! We try and have a regular table but it depends where the pub chooses to put us. I'll send an email round a couple of days before the meetup. But, in essence, have a good look round the pub until you find us.

      January 21, 2013

    • Zoe B.

      Ok - thank you. Looking forward to it/very nervous!

      January 21, 2013

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