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Alison Light 'A Radical Romance' in conversation with Elizabeth Lowry

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Join us for a very special evening, as we are joined by Alison Light to discuss her memoir 'A Radical Romance'.

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Blackwell's is delighted to be welcoming Alison Light, who will be discussing her luminous memoir 'A Radical Romance: A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation' in conversation with Elizabeth Lowry.

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Alison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic figure on the British Left, utterly driven by his work and by a commitment to collective politics. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead.

Theirs was an attraction of opposites - he from a Jewish Communist family with its roots in Russia and Eastern Europe, she from the English working class. In this chronicle of a passionate marriage, Alison Light peels back the layers of their time together, its intimacies and its estrangements.

She tells of moving into Raphael's cluttered 18th-century house in Spitalfields and into his equally full, unconventional life; of the whirlwind of change outside their door which brutally transformed London's old East End districts; of being widowed at 41, and finding inspiration in her friendship with Raphael's mother. Finally she reflects on the power of mourning and how it shapes a life.

Through its frank and touching account of a marriage between two very different people, it celebrates the capacity we all have to share our lives and to change our selves.

Alison Light is a writer and critic. She is an honorary professor in the Department of English at University College, London, Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University and a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, she is the author of the much-acclaimed 'Mrs Woolf and the Servants' and 'Common People', which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Elizabeth Lowry is the author of 'The Bellini Madonna' which was published in 2008 to great acclaim and reissued in 2019; her second, 'Dark Water', was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal

Tickets for this event cost £5. Doors will open at 6.45pm, at which time there will be a small bar available to purchase drinks. For more information please contact Customer Services on 01865 333 623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

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