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Wednesday 29 May, 7pm
Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible
Join Barbara Kingsolver for a discussion of her bestselling novel.
In 1959, evangelical Baptist Nathan Price moves with his wife and four daughters from Georgia, USA, to the Belgian Congo. But with their Betty Crocker cake mixes, Band-aids and rigid American faith the family are ill-equipped for their disastrous mission into the wilderness. The novel is narrated by the five women, and chronicles three decades of political turmoil in post-colonial Africa, from the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, to the murder of it's first president and the CIA coup to install his replacement.
Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
£9.50 online/£11.50 from the box office
Tuesday 4 June
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
This summer John Mullan explores the art of travel writing with Paul Theroux.
In 1973 Theroux took an epic four month journey by rail through Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Forty years later, The Great Railway Bazaar is a modern classic of travel literature. Exploring legendary train routes – the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow of Kuala and the Trans-Siberian Express – the book is a romantic tribute to the joys of railways and train travel. But it is also full of wry and fascinating observations about landscape, culture and the people Theroux encounters on his way – such as Mr Radia, who intones Hindi Songs through his nose, Sadik, a shabby Turkish tycoon and the gun-toting opium smuggler Mr Pensacola.Paul Theroux's novels include The Mosquito Coast, Blinding Light and Kowloon Tong. Among his many travel books are Dark Star Safari, The Old Patagonian Express and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star (2008), for which he retraced the route he took in the Great Railway Bazaar.
Date: Tuesday 4 June
Venue: Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Tuesday 11 June
William Fotheringham: Racing Hard
William Fotheringham has been obsessed with competitive cycling for as long as he has been old enough to reach the handlebars. It was an obsession that led him to a career as Britain’s leading cycling correspondent, writing for the Guardian. In Racing Hard he reflects on his more than 20 years in cycling journalism, juxtaposing articles written at the time with annotations and reflections enriched by hindsight. As the 2013 Tour de France approaches, William Fotheringham will be at the London Review of Books to discuss his work with Richard Moore, a former racing cyclist now turned writer, and the author of several acclaimed books on the history of competitive cycling.
Click here to pre-order Racing Hard (published 6 June) for £8.99, saving £4 off RRP.
Venue: London Review of Books, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Mark Haddon Book Club
Mark Haddon talked to John Mullan about his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time, sharing insights on the sell-out theatre show, the illustrations in the book and why he prefers Christopher not to be labelled as having Asperger's syndrome.
John Lanchester Book Club with John Lanchester
John Lanchester talked to the Guardian Book Club about Capital, his 'Big Fat London Novel', inspired by London's convulsive transformation into a world city over the past half-century.
Book Club with Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy gave John Mullan and the Guardian Book Club an early Valentine's Day treat when she joined them for a discussion of her collection Love Poems. As well as her own work, Duffy shared insights into the work of other poets on the subject of love, including Samuel Beckett, Verlaine and Thomas Wyatt.
Restoration by Rose Tremain
In September Rose Tremain talked to John Mullan about her historical novel, Restoration. The story of one man's rise and fall takes place during three momentous events in British history