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Bleak House starts with a one-word sentence: "London". Charles Dickens probably considered starting "Hard Times" with a similar one-word sentence: "Manchester", except that he hedged his bets by calling his mythical Northern city "Coketown".
Nevertheless the great novelist spent much time in Manchester, appearing at The Athenaeum and Free Trade Hall, and hanging loose with Harrison Ainsworth. To mark his 200th birthday we remember the best of times, the worst of times.
Tour lead by Ed Glinert, New Manchester Walks
Tour starting point: Manchester Visitor Information Centre, Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, M1 4BT
Wed 29 Feb 2012 2pm - 3.30pm
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Fri 24 Feb 2012 12 noon - 2pm
Fri 24 Feb 2012 6.30pm - 9pm The lecture will begin at 19:00
at Days Inn Manchester Conference Centre
Mon 27 Feb 2012 1pm - 2pm
at Manchester Museum
Fri 2 Mar 2012 8.30pm - 9.30pm & Sat 3 Mar 2012 12 noon - 1pm
at Manchester Town Hall
Sat 25 Feb 2012 1pm - 4pm
at Zion Arts Centre
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