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Sun 26 Apr, 2015

The story behind Wake


One of the most talked-about debuts of 2014, Anna Hope’s Wake is centres around the journey home of the Unknown Soldier as he makes his way from the battlefields of Northern France. Against this backdrop, she tracks the stories of three women who are coping with loss and struggling to carry on with life in the aftermath of World War I.

Come and meet this debut author to hear about the inspirations that make this such an exceptional first novel. She’ll talk about her visits to the battlefields and graveyards, and the intriguing choice to write about the Unknown Soldier.

What the critics are saying:

“Superb. . . beautifully crafted.” – Irish Times

“Impressive and poignant . . . moving and rewarding.” – Woman and Home

“Illustrates the breadth of grief across the century. – Times Literary Supplement

“Wise and insightful. – Sunday Express

“Powerful and humane; a novel that charms and beguiles.” – Sadie Jones, author of Outcast

“Hope’s unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the great war.” – New York Times

“Intricately researched and beautifully written, with the kind of restrained yet emotional prose one expects from a seasoned author.” – Huffington Post

  • Date: Sun 26 Apr, 2015
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Venue: Red Lecture Theatre
  • Ticket Price: £6.00
  • Concessions: £3.00
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