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Friday 5th February 18:30 at London - Trafalgar Square
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JOIN US FOR AN EVENING WITH JOHN IRVING
Join us in welcoming John Irving, who will be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink - talking about his new novel ''Avenue of Mysteries''
About the book
In this absorbing novel of fate and memory, John Irving explores – in his inimitable way – the ways in which our pasts reverberate in our presents and, indeed, in our futures.
Juan Diego’s little sister is a mind reader. As a fourteen-year-old in Mexico, he struggles to keep anything secret – Lupe knows all the worst things that go through his mind. And sometimes she knows more. What a terrible burden it is to know – or to think you know – your future, or worse, the future of someone you love. What might a young girl be driven to do if she thought she had the power to change what lies ahead?
Later in life, Juan Diego embarks on a journey to fulfil a promise he made in his youth, to travel to the Philippines and honour the grave of a stranger. It is a long story and it has long awaited an ending but Juan Diego is unable to write the final chapters. Overcome with memories of childhood, Juan Diego is more alive in his past than he can ever hope to be in his present.
This is the story of what happens to a man when his future collides with his past.
About the author
John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven.
Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times – winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O Henry Award in 1981 for his short story ‘Interior Space’. In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person.
An international writer – his novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages – John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany.
Unfortunately there won't be a signing after the talk - however, we will have signed copies of Irving's new novel for sale
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