Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events

27 – 30 September

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The Big Town Read – Chris Cleave

September 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


It has to be a book that appeals to as wide an audience as possible: book groups, library users, readers male and female, young and old. And it has to be an author who loves to discuss their work, who is accessible, amenable and who welcomes feedback from their readers.

And so – drum roll – after much debate and by popular acclaim, the choice for this year’s Big Town Read was made… Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Published in 2016, it is a powerful historical novel set in London and Malta during the Second World War. Based on the experiences of his grandparents – in particular the real-life love letters between them – the novel is a departure for Cleave, who is known for his acclaimed debut, Incendiary (narrated by a widow who lost her husband and child in a terror attack) and for Gold, published on the eve of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Big Town Read works in partnership with Wiltshire Libraries and with the national charity The Reading Agency, whose aim is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment.

Get reading over the summer and come with your questions for the author!


September 30, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom