DAMON RUNYON – short stories

Meetings are held currently in the Reading area in the ground floor main foyer next to  the Lyttelton Theatre cloakrooms of the National Theatre on the South Bank. We are not far from the Long Bar, if you wish to purchase drinks. There is also acafé at the other side of the foyer.

Due to our last host having just had an operation there was a bit of a mix up over the venue at the last meeting so we are holding it again as some readers were disappointed not to get there.







Damon Runyon (“ I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is 6 to 5 against.”) His inventive & humourous short stories celebrate the low life of New Yorkers ;gamblers, hustlers, actors ! and gangsters, (“Liver lips Louie”, "The Seldom Seen Kid." etc) in the Prohibition era creating the adjective "Runyonesque" . His distinctive vernacular style is known as "Runyonese" , a mixture of over formal ( for a good self image ?) speech and colorful slang…...….hilarious ! THIS IS QUITE A SHORT READ SO YOU SHOULD BE IN TIME FOR THE MEETING.

“Guys & Dolls” short stories by Damon Runyon is published by Penguin at £11.95; you can order it from Hatchards or Waterstones - both in Piccadilly, W1. (but you could probably get much cheaper second hand copies from on www.abebooks.co.uk or Amazon online)

( £2 donation for meetup fees)  CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS BOOKS READ  TO GET OUR FLAVOUR+

" Nice friendly group & we liked the choice of books ...varied but quality" Current host Frances. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED THE  BOOK PLEASE STILL FEEL FREE TO COME


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  • Katy d.

    Hello- I'd like to join in- not sure I have enough time to read this book for this sunday however??

    May 7

  • Rachel S.

    I'm glad to see this group is back up and running. I can't make it on the 8th, but will look out for the next meetup and hope to see meet you all then.

    April 4, 2013

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