Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Thursday 17 August 2017

An Evening with Salley Vickers


6.30pm Friday 22nd September

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Tickets are £4 and include a drink.

Wivenhoe Bookshop are delighted to present an evening with Salley Vickers, author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Cleaner of Chartres.

Salley will be talking about her new book Cousins – join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Tickets are available from the bookshop – to book, call us on 01206 824050

About Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, the home of her mother and grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party. Her father was a trade union leader and her mother a social worker. She won a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School (something which caused her father some anxiety because of his dislike of public schools and for a while he felt that she should not attend the school) and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge, with which she recently renewed working ties.

She has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. Her first novel, ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite among book clubs and reading groups.

She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.

Her principal interests are opera, bird watching, dancing and poetry, to which her father introduced her at an early age. One of his favourite poets, W.B.Yeats was responsible for her name Salley, (the Irish for ‘willow’) which comes from Yeats’s poem set to music by Benjamin Britten ‘Down by the salley gardens’.

She has two adult sons, one of whom is the children’s writer of the Madame Pamplemousse books, Rupert Kingfisher, and two grandchildren, with whom she spends as much time as she possibly can. She is a member of PEN and the RSPB.

Praise for ‘Cousins’

‘A fascinating exploration of the often equivocal and always cryptic nature of family love.’ The Guardian

Vickers lays bare the inner workings of one family, possibly every family, with an often disconcerting clarity.’ The Times

‘She brings a scalpel-sharp but compassionate scrutiny to her characters’ minds and motivations. Thoughtful, measured but also a celebration of loyalty and sacrifice.’ The Observer

Praise for Salley Vickers

‘Salley Vickers is a novelist whose imaginative journey always promises magic and mystery. The Cleaner of Chartres shows her on top form in a rich weave of loss and redemption spiked with Ms Vickers’ irrepressible wit.’

Robert McCrum, Associate Editor, The Observer

The fairy-tale elements of Vicker’s novel are delicately layered into a contemporary moral and psychological drama every bit as absorbing as her Miss Garne’ts Angel.

Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times

Vickers merges ancient art into modern psychology with this gently uplifting novel of healing and reparation. The cleaner in the great French cathedral has a troubled past; the townspeople guard secrets of their own. Deft characterisation keeps the tale on the right side of schmaltz.

The Independent

‘Vickers is a novelist in the great English tradition of moral seriousness. Her characters suffer, they struggle to be true to both themselves and the promptings of the human heart. If you enjoy reading the work of Marilynne Robinson, Penelope Fitzgerald and James Salter you should be reading Vickers.’

Washington Post


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