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Anthony Powell: A Life – with Hilary Spurling

Friday 25 May
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
10 - 11am
£8 / weekend ticket £90

The long-awaited portrait of a literary master from one of our generation’s greatest biographers, author of the definitive and acclaimed Matisse: The Life.

Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Spanning twelve spectacular volumes and written over twenty-five years, his comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing twentieth century Britain through war and peace.

Drawing on Powell’s letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him, Hilary Spurling explores his life. Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

‘Deliciously readable’ – Guardian

‘A landmark biography’ – The Times, Books of the Year

Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

Tickets £8 per event; book four or more events over the City of Literature Weekend and save £1.50 per ticket. Join us for all events across the weekend for £90 (save £46). Call the box office on 01603 766400 to redeem these offers.

This event is BSL-interpreted.

 

 

About Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling is the author of numerous biographies, including Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919; Paul Scott: A Life; a two-volume biography of Matisse, The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master (also published in the abridged single-volume Matisse: The Life); and Burying the Bones. She won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize for Ivy When Young, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for Matisse the Master, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Burying the Bones. She grew up in Bristol and studied at the University of Oxford. From 1964 to 1970 she was Theatre Critic and Literary Editor of the Spectator, and since then she has been a regular book reviewer for the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. In 2016 she won the Biographers’ Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anthony Powell by Hilary Spurling review – deliciously readable on the English Proust (Guardian, September 2017)

Anthony Powell would purr if he could read this shrewd, fond biography by Hilary Spurling (Telegraph, December 2017)

Hilary Spurling on Anthony Powell

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The long-awaited portrait of a literary master from one of our generation’s greatest biographers, author of the definitive and acclaimed Matisse: The Life. Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Spanning twelve spectacular volumes and written over twenty-five years, his comic masterpiece teems with […]

Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
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