8th December 201612:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The George Hotel
Sarah Moss and Caroline Brothers
Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children; and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She was visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland, and wrote an account of her time there in Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta 2012), which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013.
Moss studies the shifts in the minutiae of family life with a meticulous eye… Mesmeris[ing]. The Times
Adam is a stay-at-home dad working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral when he receives a call from his teenage daughter’s school: for no apparent reason, Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of the family is rewritten around this shocking central event. In this unflinching novel of contemporary life Sarah Moss goes where most of us wouldn’t dare to look. The novel explores parental love, and the challenges of marriage. It is about the NHS, academia, the work/life juggle, and the politics of packing lunches and loading dishwashers. It confirms Sarah Moss as a writer of luminous intelligence.
Caroline Brothers has worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Latin America, and as a Paris-based editor at the International New York Times. Her research for The Memory Stones has included interviews with several of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and its current president, Estela de Carlotto, as well as with some of their recovered grandchildren. Caroline is the author of War and Photography and a novel, Hinterland. She divides her time between Paris and London.
A book that haunts and shames in equal measure. Guardian
Buenos Aires, 1976. Osvaldo Ferrero, and his wife Yolanda escape the city’s heat with their daughters, Julieta and Graciela. Those long summer days will be the last the family will ever spend together. Heart-breaking and beautiful, The Memory Stones tells the story of The Disappeared, thousands of Argentineans who fell victim to the violence of the period. Depicting the despair and hope of one family seeking to rebuild itself after unimaginable loss, it is a lyrical, devastating portrait of a country that has come face to face with terror and the long dark shadow it leaves behind.
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Interesting, thought-provoking talk, good food and drink, excellent company meeting old friends. What is not to like?
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