The Return: An Evening with Hisham Matar

Date: Thursday 27 February 2020
Location: Hatchards, Piccadilly

The Return: An evening with Hisham Matar in conversation with Sarah Anderson of the Biographers’ Club. In conjunction with the literary quarterly, Slightly Foxed

Thursday 27th February, 6.30pm

Hatchards Piccadilly

Hisham Matar’s memoir The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet it isn’t just about the burden of the past, but the consolation of love, literature and art. Published in 2016, The Return was the recipient of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Award, the Prix du Livre Etranger Inter and Le Journal du Dimanche, the Rathbones Folio Prize and Germany’s Geschwister Scholl Prize. It was one of The New York Times’ top 10 books of the year. Hisham’s work has been translated into thirty languages. His latest book is A Month in Siena. Hisham will be interviewed by Sarah Anderson, writer, artist and founder of the iconic Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill.

£10 tickets are available at the bookshop and online here.

Slightly Foxed
Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly and its acclaimed list of classic limited-edition memoirs have become something of an institution in the literary world. Contributors to the magazine include: Quentin Blake, Margaret Drabble, Adam Foulds, Melissa Harrison, Michael Holroyd, Penelope Lively, Robert Macfarlane, Dervla Murphy, Sarah Perry, Posy Simmonds, Adam Sisman and Ali Smith.

The Biographers’ Club
Founded in 1997, the Club is committed to supporting, promoting and connecting biographers at all levels. It offers three prizes each year: the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize; the Tony Lothian Prize (for an uncommissioned proposal) and the Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award.

About The Return
Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between is an intensely personal tale of loss. Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time. In this heart-breaking, illuminating memoir he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again. Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London.


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