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A Night In with Clare Chambers

A Night In with Clare Chambers

To mark the paperback publication of Small Pleasures

This event is now available to watch on demand until 10th May.

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Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 Small Pleasures is a novel of unexpected second chances set in 1950s England: a delicate, tender story about belief, credulity and tilting at happiness.

1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is no likelihood of escape.

When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.

As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness.

But inevitably there will be a price to pay, and it will be unbearable.

Join the author, Clare Chambers, as she explores the inspirations behind her haunting and compelling novel; a BBC Radio 4 interview she heard more than 20 years ago, the story of a significant local tragedy, and a failed project all led her to write Small Pleasures, her first novel in 10 years. In conversation for this exclusive event, she’ll touch on the themes of her novel: post-war suburban femininity, human fragility, the nobility of sacrifice, and the conflict between personal fulfilment and duty.

This promises to be a fascinating and engaging evening to celebrate one of the most talked about books of the moment.

‘Perfect.’ - India Knight

‘This is one of the most tender, beautiful books I have ever read. Please, please order it now. I honestly don't want you to be without it. It is exquisite.’ - Lucy Mangan

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