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A Night In with JJ Bola

A Night In with JJ Bola

In partnership with Sevenoaks Bookshop, join established writer, poet and UNHCR Ambassador JJ Bola to celebrate the publication of his heart-wrenching and raw novel, The Selfless Act of Breathing, as part of the Dialogue Book Lounge. 

The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of The Selfless Act of Breathing, worth £14.99, deliverable to any UK or international address. The 'Stream' package consists of a ticket to the live stream only. 

For one night only the event will initially be broadcast on 04 November at 18:30 UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Michael decides to flee to America and end his life once all his savings run out. JJ Bola's second novel is a story of millennial existential angst told through the eyes of a young Londoner who seems to have it all - a promising future, a solid career, strong friendships, a blossoming love story - but it's the unbearable weight of life that leads him to decide to take his own.

As he grapples with issues bigger than him - political conflict, environmental desecration, police brutality - Michael seeks to find his place within a world that is complicated and unwelcoming.

Although he finds solace in the people that surround him, he alone must decide if his life is worth living.

In conversation for this exclusive virtual event, JJ Bola will explore the themes of his novel, tackling important issues such as mental health, police brutality and the power of love from his own unique perspective.

Framing existential questions about the spiritually crushing weight of modern life in a beautifully wrought character study of a millennial Londoner toying with suicide, this event promises to be a profound, exhilarating experience.  

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