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Cityread London: Louisa Young

Cityread London: Louisa Young

When: Mon 14 Apr 2014, 18.30-20.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5

Cancelled for 14 Apr 2014, 18.30-20.00

Novelist and journalist Louisa Young discusses women and war with Kirsty Lang in the context of her moving love story set in London and on the Western Front in the First World War. My Dear I Wanted to Tell You relates the story of Riley and Nadine, the horrors of the trenches and the genesis of plastic surgery, and is the chosen book for Cityread London 2014.

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2011, the Galaxy Book of the Year Award 2011, the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2012 and the Wellcome Book Prize 2011.  It was also nominated for the Impac Literary Award 2013. Read by Dan Stevens, with music by Robert Lockhart, it won the Audible Audiobook of the Year 2011 at the Galaxy National Book Awards.

Louisa Young was a journalist for some years. Her first book was A Great Task of Happiness, telling the story of her grandmother Kathleen Bruce, the sculptor and wife of Scott of the Antarctic. She followed that with her Egyptian trilogy of novels: Baby Love, which was listed for the Orange Prize, Desiring Cairo and Tree of Pearls. They were followed by The Book of the Heart, a cultural history of our most symbolic organ. She has also published a trilogy of children's novels, written with her ten-year-old daughter under the pseudonym Zizou Corder.

Kirsty Lang

Kirsty Lang is an experienced broadcaster and former foreign correspondent. She is currently a presenter of the BBC’s flagship arts programme, Front Row on Radio 4. Kirsty is also a regular contributor to the Guardian, Radio Times, Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday and was until recently a television anchor on World News Today, a current affairs show simulcast on BBC 4 and the BBC World News.  She was a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York in the School of International and Public Affairs and was recently appointed a Trustee of the British Council. Kirsty chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008 and the Independent's Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. She lives in London and is married to the writer and broadcaster, Misha Glenny.


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