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Francis Spufford in Conversation

Francis Spufford in Conversation

From the bestselling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, comes Light Perpetual, a novel of the miraculous, the everlasting and the everyday.

November 1944. A German rocket incinerates a South London household goods store and five young lives are atomised in an instant. A tragedy. But what is lost is not just the children’s present existence. It’s all the futures they won’t get to have. All the would-be’s, might-be’s and could-be’s of the decades to come. Light Perpetual lets an alternative reel of time run, resurrecting as it does five souls to live through the extraordinary, unimaginable changes of the bustling immensity of twentieth-century London. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, it is a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.

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Francis Spufford’s debut novel, Golden Hill, won the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. His non-fiction includes Red Plenty, I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination and a memoir, The Child That Books Built. He teaches at Goldsmiths College.

The novel's overarching feat is to resurrect with marvellous vitality not just its central five figures, but six transformative decades of London life.
- Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

This event will be chaired by Carlo Gebler.

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