The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett


2013 Conference Papers: London Life: Arnold Bennett’s Capital Writing

The papers include:- Arnold Bennet and Clubland, with particular reference to his membership of the Reform Club The Cannibalistic Feast: Eating and Reading the Capital Representing Experience and Reasserting Identity: The Send of Place in Bennett’s A Man From the North. Did Nocker of the Five Towns, really become Arnold the Londoner? Capital Bennett: European […]

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2014 Conference Papers: Death, Fire, Life: Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

7 June 2014 Conference – North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill Papers include: His Worship the Goose Driver ‘Life, Death and Fire: death scenes in Bennett’s short stoires’ Bennett & Maupassant ‘I don’t know what they are worth, I only know they ain’t literature, the value of Arnold Bennett’s short stories’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Archives: […]

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2015 Conference Papers: Arnold Bennett Abroad

The papers include: Don Juan de Marana: Bennett’s Place in the European Literary Tradition The Potters’ Wakes: The Romance of Holidays in Bennett’s Five Towns Bennett and the Contemporary Japanese Reader Bennett’s German Excursion Arnold Bennett, Russia and the Russians Home Thoughts from Abroad: The impact of Bennett’s Eight Year sojourn in France on his […]

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2016 Conference Papers: Arnold Bennett: Friends and Acquaintances

The papers include:- Bennett and the Meaning of Friendship Eden Phillpotts: Arnold Bennett’s Friend and Early Role Model The Henry Dairy Letters: Arnold Bennett in Paris, 1903 – 1907 The Relationship between Arnold Bennett and Pauline Smith Arnold Bennett and Harriet Cohen Frank Swinnerton and Arnold Bennett: Parallel Lives “And He wanted My Advice”: Arnold […]

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2017 Conference Papers: The Many Lives of Arnold Bennett: A Celebration

The 2017 Conference papers can be obtained from Cost £8.00 each plus postage    

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Books for Sale

The Society has for sale a large number of second-hand books by or about Bennett, both in hardback and paperback. They’re mostly priced at £1.00 or £3.00, with a few at £5.00 (plus postage if not collected from an ABS event). If you want to see the full list with prices, please email Jerry Park […]

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Winter Downs by Jan Edwards Winner of the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2018

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously? In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, […]

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Winner of the 2017 Book Prize Potters: A Division of Labour

Winner of the 2017 Arnold Bennett Society Book Prize Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster This is John Lancaster’s fifth collection and is rooted in this home territory of Stoke on Trent. Eighteen poems depicting work and life at the Alfred Meakin Pottery in Tunstal in 1964 Copies obtainable from Longmarsh Press, 5 […]

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In the Footsteps of Arnold Bennett

We are happy to announce a new publication by David J Harding. Available from the Arnold Bennett Society. £10.00 each plus postage and packing. A Photographic Journey through Arnold Bennett’s Bursley Contact Carol at for more details and how to order. David was a mature student at Staffordshire University and chose the buildings featured […]

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A Man from the North (Book Cover)

A Man from the North edited by John Shapcott

There grows in the North Country a certain kind of youth of whom it may be said that he is born to be a Londoner.  The metropolis, and everything that appertains to it, that comes down from it, that goes up into it, has for him an imperious fascination.  Long before schooldays are over he […]

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