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“Grandmothers”, the tenth novel from Salley Vickers, (celebrated author of best-sellers “Miss Garnet’s Angel” and “The Librarian), explores the lives of three very different women, Nan, Blanche and Minna. The novel revolves around their relationships with their grandchildren and the encounters with each other, which affects all their lives. Often witty and subversive, this moving and elegiac novel celebrates the power of intergenerational love and optimistically suggests that we go on learning and changing throughout our lives.

5.30pm Saturday 22nd February 2020
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Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, the home of her mother and grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party. Her father was a trade union leader and her mother a social worker. She won a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School (something which caused her father some anxiety because of his dislike of public schools and for a while he felt that she should not attend the school) and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge, with which she recently renewed working ties. She has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. Her first novel, ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite among book clubs and reading groups. She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.



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