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Tenderness: Lawrence, lovers and literature on trial

September 30, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

£3 – £12

In Banned Books Week at The London Library, Alison MacLeod speaks to Lara Feigel about her stunning new novel Tenderness, the story of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, its ripple effects across half a century and the society that put it on trial. Weaving the voice of a dying D.H. Lawrence, with that of a woman who witnesses the trial and the story of a young couple as they come together in the restricted section of a famous library, the novel explores the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself and a trial that tested the limits of the law, gathering the great and the good of the literary world (many of them London Library members) to bear witness.

‘Tenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly moving’ – Elif Shafak 

Alison MacLeod’s previous novels are The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Her most recent short story collection is All the Beloved Ghosts. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018. 

Lara Feigel is a writer and cultural historian teaching in the English department at King’s College London. Her books include The Bitter Taste of VictoryThe Love-charm of Bombs, and Free Woman, which is part memoir and part biography of Doris Lessing. Her novel, The Group, was published in 2020.

Tenderness and Lara Feigel’s The Group can be ordered from our partner bookshop Hatchards

N.B. This event will take place in-person at The London Library with limited capacity and in alignment with up-to-date government COVID recommendations. Doors (and the bar) open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The event will be livestreamed through YouTube from 7.30pm.

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September 30, 2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
£3 – £12
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