Jennifer Johnston in conversation | Irish Times Book Club
Date: 22 June 2017
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The Irish Writers Centre and the Irish Times Book Club are delighted to welcome Jennifer Johnston, who published her first novel The Captains and the Kings in 1972 when she was 42, as this month’s Irish Times Book Club author.
Eileen Battersby will look back over Jennifer Johnston's career, with a particular focus on her latest work, Naming the Stars, a haunting tale of love, loss and memory, which was published by Tinder Press last year along with her earlier novel Two Moons.
In Naming the Stars, Flora’s father has been killed in the Battle of El Alamein, one of the many victims of the second World War. For Flora and her mother, life will never be the same again. Now, it’s just Flora – and Nellie, the family’s life-long housekeeper – left; to reminisce in old age, and what really happened between Flora and her brother, Eddie, at the end of that long Irish summer.
About the author
Jennifer Johnston has won a number of awards, including the Whitbread Book Award for The Old Jest in 1979 (later made into a film as The Dawning, starring Anthony Hopkins) and a Lifetime Achievement from the Irish Book Awards in 2012. The Captains and the Kings won the Authors Club First Novel Award and Shadows on Our Skin was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1977. Other major career success include How Many Miles to Babylon? in 1974, The Railway Station Man in 1985 (also made into a film starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland and John Lynch) and Fool’s Sanctuary in 1988.
- This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.
- Wine can be bought at the event
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