From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings comes an electric, multi-layered novel about ambition, power, friendship and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time) and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
The illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has appeared iVogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. Her books include The Promise by Nicola Davies and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category.
Barker’s astonishing post-post-apocalyptic novel has just won the Goldsmith’s Prize. “Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear. Could you...might you be happy there?”
The journalist Javier del Pino, director of “A vivir que son dos días”, of the Radio Station Cadena SER, the most listened to program at weekends, with more than 2.2 million listeners, speaks of humor and journalism with the comedian and television presenter David Broncano, who also participates in what is considered to be the second audience program of Spanish broadcasting. With Aurelio Martín.
For thousands of years, people have been telling stories that are strikingly similar. Beverley introduces Cinderella of the Nile, a 2,000-year-old Greek version of the familiar folk tale that includes the great storyteller Aesop. Drawing from the stories of her own childhood, she will discuss different Cinderella versions and how stories cross boundaries, making new tales out of the old.