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'Spellbinding' author James Meek to read from his new novel

Posted on 30/04/2012
Lunchtime Reading Series

Award-winning author James Meek is to visit Royal Holloway, University of London on Thursday (3 May) for the latest Lunchtime Reading event hosted by the English Department.

Meek is the latest literary talent the College has secured for the regular public reading sessions, which have included Silver author Sir Andrew Motion and debut novelist Samantha Gilbert.

Thursday’s reading will see Meek read from his new novel The Heart Broke In, which has been described as "a riveting exploration of what conscience means in the 21st century". Structured around a scientist obsessed with evolution but unable to have children, a malaria researcher trying to choose between freedom and love, and a washed-up TV svengali whose life goes into free fall, the novel asks how far would you go to give a lover what they wanted?

Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. His previous books include Drivetime (1995) and The People's Act of Love (2005) which won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

The reading will be held at 1pm in the College’s Moore Building Lecture Theatre. The event is free and open to all students, staff and members of the public.

For more information visit the Lunchtime Reading Series web pages.  


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