Tue, 10 September 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Mariella Frostrup Meets Ann Patchett


Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham Street, London


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In her only UK appearance of 2019, the #1 New York Times bestselling, Orange Prize winning author of Bel Canto, Ann Patchett will be in conversation with Mariella Frostrup.

There are precious few writers alive today who have achieved the critical acclaim and global renown of the American novelist Ann Patchett. Her rare insight into the human condition have made her a household name and earned her a place on Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. A minimalist whose abilities ‘wipe the floor’ with her heftier competitors (Telegraph), her readers have learned to ‘expect miracles’ (New York Times) from each new work of fiction. Critics are frequently swept away by the ‘stillness and beauty’of her writing (The Times) and the ‘physically breath-taking’ power of her storytelling (Guardian), and her latest novel The Dutch House has already been hailed as ‘her best yet, which is saying something’ (John Boyne).

In celebration of The Dutch House‘s release, Mariella Frostrup will invite Ann to explore the stories and events that have inspired her writing. Told with Ann Patchett’s inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak, The Dutch House tells the story of a brother and sister who live in a beautiful mansion that they are banished from by their stepmother – and how that single act ripples through their lives.

Don’t miss what is sure to be an essential event for anyone who cherishes the transformative power of fiction.

Praise for The Dutch House:

‘A wonderful hypnotic masterpiece of a novel. The Dutch House is the best book I’ve read in years’ (Rosamund Lupton)

‘What a spectacular novel. A masterpiece, I’d say, on a canvas both broad and intimately detailed’ (Cathy Rentzenbrink)