The English-Speaking Union welcomes you to an evening in conversation with Ingrid Persaud, who will be talking about her new novel Love after Love.
Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She read law at the LSE and was a legal academic before taking degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect and Pree magazines. Ingrid lives in London and Barbados.
About Love after love:
Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart. Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love is a novel full of heart which asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.
‘Love After Love took me by surprise. I loved the kindness of Mr Chetan, the vulnerability of Solo and the force that is Betty. Tender, glorious, bold, and yes, messy too with a voice that has a vibrancy of its own. I was gripped by the sheer punch of the writing.’ Rachel Joyce
The in conversation with Ingrid Persaud will start at 7.30pm sharp.
Proceeds from this event will support the English-Speaking Union’s work in Guildford, helping young people to communicate and thrive.