An Evening with Arundhati Roy
Friday 9 June 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to welcome acclaimed author Arundhati Roy to the city to talk about her long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
In a city cemetery, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears suddenly, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. A lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. Through a rich cast of characters, the novel tells a story spanning many years and an entire subcontinent.
Twenty years ago, Roy took the literary world by storm with her excellent debut novel, The God of Small Things, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s. This tale of a family tragedy set against a background of social taboos, local politics and historical change received widespread critical acclaim and won the Booker prize in 1997. Since her first novel, Roy has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize and published five books of non-fiction including The End of Imagination, Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Please join us for a special evening with Arundhati Roy.
Tickets £12 or £28 for ticket and a copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness