What's So Great About George Eliot?

Illustrated title page from an 1871 edition of Middlemarch

For more information

  • This event has taken place
  • Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546
  • Email: boxoffice@bl.uk
  • Full Price: £13.00 Member: £13.00 Under 18: £6.50 Other concessions available

With Kathryn Hughes, Deborah Moggach, Sathnam Sanghera and Juliet Stevenson

In Adam Bede, George Eliot wrote: ‘No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.’ 200 years after her birth, a panel of writers discuss Eliot’s literary legacy and her continued influence on contemporary writers, asking: what's so great about George Eliot? 

Deborah Moggach has written 19 novels, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, both of which were made into films. Her screenplays include the BAFTA-nominated Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, and her latest novel, The Carer, is published in 2019.

Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning journalist and has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material.

Kathryn Hughes’s biography of George Eliot, George Eliot: The Last Victorian, was published in 2001. Her other works include Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum. She is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine and also writes for the Times Literary Supplement and The Economist.

Juliet Stevenson CBE is one of Britain’s leading actors, having worked extensively in film and television, and for a wide range of theatres including the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Young Vic and the Almeida Theatre.

In partnership with The Royal Society of Literature


Name: What's So Great About George Eliot?
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show Map      How to get to the Library
When: -
Price: Full Price: £13.00
Member: £13.00
Senior 60+: £11.00
Student: £6.50
Registered Unemployed: £6.50
Disabled: £6.50
Under 18: £6.50
18-25: £6.50
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546