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UEA Literary Festival 2015


The UEA Literary Festival is back again! Over the next seven Wednesdays the UEA lecture theatres will be packed with fans of some of the world’s best writers. You can find three of them here in the Book Zone:

The Accidental by Ali Smith (BOOK ZONE 823.92 SMI) is full of strange characters. The Smart family are on holiday on the Norfolk coast when they are interrupted by a total stranger. Before she is thrown out, Amber (or is it Alhambra?) turns the lives of Eve, Astrid, Magnus and Michael upside-down. The novel is split into three parts (unsurprisingly named Beginning, Middle and End!) and each part is divided between the four family members, with Amber providing the introduction and conclusion. The chapters starring Astrid earned the author a lot of praise, but critics unanimously hated Michael and most were confused by Amber. Find out how much Ali really knows about Norfolk on 18th March.

alismithScottish author Ali Smith with a copy of her novel The Accidental

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls (BOOK ZONE 823.92 NIC) was filmed in 2006 and starred James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch. Brian is obsessed with the TV show University Challenge and his incredible general knowledge wins him a place on his uni’s team. His wealthy teammates are nothing like his friends back home and he struggles to stay out of fights when the cameras aren’t rolling. Borrow the film (DVD LOBBY 791.43) if you won’t have time to read the book before 22nd April.


English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick in Starter for Ten

Arlington Park (BOOK ZONE 823.91 CUS) is a retelling of Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway, which describes a trivial day in the life of a well-to-do housewife in deeply personal terms. The women of Arlington Park meet for coffee, cut their hair and take their children to the park before meeting again in the evening at a dinner party. Seemingly content, they’re really filled with jealousy and disappointment, mostly aimed at single woman Paola. Brave the English weather to meet Rachel Cusk on 4th March.

arlington parkHigh-cost flats in London’s Arlington Park

Find the full programme of events here 


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