An Evening with Kaliane Bradley

Wednesday 22nd May 2024
19:00 - 20:00 at Waterstones, London - Putney

An Evening with Kaliane Bradley

We are thrilled to be joined by Kaliane Bradley, in conversation Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, to celebrate the publication of The Ministry of Time. Bradley’s dizzyingly assured debut is the book everyone is talking about, and we’re truly honoured to be able to host her here in Putney.


In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering 'expats' from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

Her role is to work as a 'bridge': living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as '1847' - Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as 'washing machine', 'Spotify' and 'the collapse of the British Empire'. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?


“Holy smokes this novel is an absolute cut above! Kaliane Bradley leaps into a storytelling league of her own. This book is a deadly serious speculative fiction but it is also one of the funniest books I've read in years. It is exciting, surprising, intellectually provocative, weird, radical, tender and moving. I missed it when I was away from it. I will hurry to re-read it. Make room on your bookshelves for a new classic.” - Max Porter

"As electric, charming, whimsical and strange as its ripped-from-history cast. (Extremely.) I loved every second I spent wrapped up in Kaliane Bradley's stunning prose, the moments that made me laugh and those that made my heart ache. This is a book that surprises as much as it delights, and I'm already impatiently waiting for whatever Bradley concocts next" - Emily Henry


Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short fiction has appeared in Somesuch Stories,The Willowherb Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, and Extra Teeth, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer.Her debut novel, Harmless Like You, was published in 2016 and won the Author's Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask award. It was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Granta, The Paris Review and The Atlantic. She is based in London and has lived in New York, Tokyo, Madison and Norwich.


London - Putney Waterstones, London - Putney
Wednesday 22nd May 2024
19:00 - 20:00
Book & Ticket: The Ministry of Time (HB) £20
General Admission: £6 / Waterstones Plus Cardholder £4

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