Francis Spufford

Friday 21 May 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Join the Costa Award winning author of Golden Hill as he talks to Judith Robinson about his new book Light Perpetual.

Described as ‘dazzling’ by The Times and ‘brilliant’ by The Observer, it is a powerful story about a South London shop destroyed by a German bomb in the middle of World War Two and the five young lives lost in the attack. The book explores what futures would have awaited Ben, Alec, Jo, Val and Vern through the decades, catching up with them for a day every 15 years as they pass through the stages of adulthood while the city changes around them. Francis Spufford shares this story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, it is a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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Buy the book:
Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

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