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Authors in Conversation: Family and Fragility



Saturday 22 April 2017


Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sarah Moss and Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Claire Armitstead

Join three of this year’s Wellcome Book prize shortlisted authors as they discuss the topics at the heart of their critically acclaimed books – from inheritance and genetics to family secrets and turmoil.


Claire Armitstead, Books Editor, ‘Guardian’


The Gene, by bestselling and award-winning writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life. But woven through it is also the intimate story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives.

The Tidal Zone, by Sarah Moss, tells the story of a safe family life thrown into turmoil, as one day Adam receives a call and finds out that his daughter has collapsed at school, her heart having stopped. This is a courageous, unflinching novel of contemporary life exploring parental love, fear, illness and recovery – from a writer of luminous intelligence.

Mend the Living, by acclaimed French author Maylis de Kerangal, is a 24-hour whirlwind of death and life, taking us from fatal crash to life-saving operation. After an accident, Simon Limbeau’s devastated parents are told that while he is brain-dead and on life support, his heart is still beating perfectly and could be recovered for use in a transplant. They are faced with an agonising choice.

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