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Sun 04 May, 2014

At Break of Day: a novel of the Somme


In the summer of 1913, the world seems full of possibility for four very different young men. Jean-Baptiste dreams of the day he’ll leave Picardy. Hard-working Frank has come to London to take up an apprenticeship in Regent Street. Organ scholar Benedict is enthralled by the sensations of his synaesthesia. Harry has turned his back on his wealthy English family, has a thriving business in New York and a beautiful American wife. But his nationality is still British.

On the first of July 1916, now in uniform they are all await the dawn on the battlefield of the Somme.

Elizabeth Speller lived in Berlin, Rome and Paris before reading Classics at Cambridge. She currently has a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Warwick and divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece. Her first novel was THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN JOHN EMMETT which was followed by THE STRANGE FATE OF KITTY EASTON.

  • Date: Sun 04 May, 2014
  • Time: 12.30 - 13.30
  • Venue: Red Lecture Theatre
  • Ticket Price: £6.00
  • Concessions: £3.00
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