On Tuesday, 30th April 2019 (10:30am - 12:30pm), we will be hosting a live radio interview and book signing event with broadcaster, author and parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg and we would be delighted if you could join us.
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster with many award-winning novels and accolades to his name. He is the editor of the award-winning The South Bank Show (1978-2018), and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. Now in its 20th year, it is one of the BBC’s most successful discussion programmes ever, attracting a weekly domestic audience exceeding 2 million listeners, plus 3 million monthly downloads of the podcast.
His newest book, Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard is a profoundly thought-provoking, and deeply moving novel that breathes fresh life into one of the most remarkable and enduring love stories of all time.
ABOUT THE BOOK - Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard
Paris in the year 1117. Heloise, a young scholar reputed to be the cleverest woman in France, arrives in the city bent on entering its masculine world of learning. Thwarted, she is astonished when the brilliant, radical philosopher, Peter Abelard, consents to be her tutor in exchange for lodgings with her uncle. But what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair, which sends shockwaves throughout the country and incurs terrible retribution. Nine centuries later Arthur, an English academic, is in Paris to recreate the true story of Heloise and Abelard in a novel, aiming to bring Heloise out of the shadows. To his surprise, his daughter Julia comes to visit and agrees to help, challenging his portraits of a couple who seem sometimes inscrutable, sometimes breathtakingly modern in their beliefs and behaviour. As Julia spars with her father, it emerges that she is on her own mission to discover more about her parents’ fractured relationship – and that Arthur’s connection to his subject is more emotional than he cares to admit.
‘A tour de force … a moving, poignant, compelling tale, wonderfully told.’
‘Bragg brilliantly re-imagines the legendary love story of Heloise and Abelard, uniting the middle ages and today in this thrilling novel.’
‘Melvyn Bragg brings a fascinated attention to the moral complexities of a love story we all thought we knew, but perhaps did not understand well enough. His compassion for Abelard and Heloise makes brilliantly real and present to us their anguished journey from erotic excess towards the mystical sublime.’
The event will be held at Arch 29, Old Union Yards, Union Street, London SE1 0LR (nearest tube station: Southwark). If you would like to join us, please reserve your seat by 5pm on Monday, 29th April, 2019.
Unfortunately, places are extremely limited so only those who have officially responded and have received the Eventbrite confirmation email will be permitted entrance. (Please note, late comers will NOT be permitted entrance whilst the show is live on air from 11am - 12pm).
We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, 30th April at 10:30am.
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