Another Country: an evening with novelists Amanda Craig and Vesna Goldsworthy

  • Exeter Custom House
  • July 4
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • £7
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In the past three years, national events have made us question what it is to be British as never before. Are we all strangers in a strange land, hopelessly alienated from each other? Is the country at war with the city, and is this country embattled by the rest of Europe?Adultery, murder, poverty, trust and community are the private lenses through which public crises can be interrogated. Two leading contemporary novelists, Amanda Craig and Vesna Goldsworthy, discuss this through their recent novels, The Lie of the Land (set in 2016 Devon) and Monsieur Ka (set in 1947 London), which draw on classics of Victorian fiction such as Far From the Madding Crowd and Anna Karenina.

Concessions available, see box office link for details.

About the authors

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer critic. Born in South Africa in 1959, she grew up in Italy, where her parents worked for the UN, and was educated at Bedales School and Clare College Cambridge.

After a brief time in advertising and PR, she became a journalist for newspapers such as The Sunday Times, the Observer, The Daily Telegraph and the Independent, winning both the Young Journalist of the Year and the Catherine Pakenham Award. She was the children’s critic for The Independent on Sunday and The Times, and one of the first to spot the Harry Potter booksPhilip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Twilight, How to Train Your Dragon and The Hunger Games.

She still reviews children’s books for The New Statesman, and literary fiction for The Observer, but is mostly a full-time novelist. Her last novel, Hearts And Minds, was long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction.

In 2017 she published two works with Little,Brown: The Other Side of You (a novella for Galaxy Quick Reads) and The Lie Of the Land. She is currently working on her eighth novel, which is inspired by the fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Vesna Goldsworthy is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, and an internationally bestselling and prize-winning writer, academic and broadcaster. She writes in English, her third language. Her life story, Chernobyl Strawberries (2005) was serialised in the Times and read by Goldsworthy herself as Book of the Week on Radio 4. Her novel Gorsky (2015), translated into fifteen languages, long-listed for Baileys Prize and serialised as Book at Bedtime on Radio 4, was a Waterstones Book of the Year and the New York Times editors’ choice. Her second novel, Monsieur Ka, was one of the Times best new novels for 2018.

“It often takes an émigré to describe a country most clearly, and Goldsworthy, who was born in Belgrade but has lived in London for 30 years, is proving a most accomplished poet of her adopted city”, noted the Daily Mail.

Goldsworthy is a highly entertaining speaker: her Private Passions interview with Michael Berkeley was one of the most popular broadcasts on Radio 3 in 2017.