MELVYN BRAGG

Date
24-05-2019
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue
Assembly Rooms
Price
£10 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

The classic love story of Heloise and Abelard, retold for our times by the best selling and award winning author, broadcaster and presenter of In Our Time and The Southbank Show. He shares his latest novel, Love Without End, with Caroline Sanderson.

About the Author

Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier’s Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Now is the Time (Winner of the 2o16 Parliamentary Fiction Book of the Year). He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Adventures of English and, most recently, The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He is the editor of the award-winning The South Bank Show (1978-2018), and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. Now in its 20th year, it is one of the BBC’s most successful discussion programmes ever, attracting a weekly domestic audience exceeding 2 million listeners, plus 3 million monthly downloads of the podcast. He lives in London and Cumbria.

Reviews

‘A tour de force … a moving, poignant, compelling tale, wonderfully told.’ AC GRAYLING

‘Bragg brilliantly re-imagines the legendary love story of Heloise and Abelard, uniting the middle ages and today in this thrilling novel. ’ANTONIA FRASER

‘Melvyn Bragg brings a fascinated attention to the moral complexities of a love story we all thought we knew, but perhaps did not understand well enough. His compassion for Abelard and Heloise makes brilliantly real and present to us their anguished journey from erotic excess towards the mystical sublime.’ ROSE TREMAIN