Pauline Delabroy-Allard in Conversation

Pauline Delabroy-Allard in Conversation - CANCELLED

Update: this event has now been CANCELLED

Pauline Delabroy-Allard is unfortunately unable to travel; this event is now cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience.

French author Pauline Delabroy-Allard will talk about her début novel All about Sarah . A literary sensation in France, the work was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt in 2018.

Pauline Delabroy-Allard will be in conversation with Ursula Tidd, Emerita Professor of Modern French Literature and Philosophy at the University of Manchester.

About the book

’It’s all about Sarah, her mysterious beauty, Sarah the impetuous, Sarah the passionate, Sarah the sulphurous, it’s all about the exact moment when the match flares, the exact moment when that piece of wood becomes fire, when the spark lights up the darkness.’

A thirty-something teacher drifts through her life in Paris, raising a daughter on her own, lonely in spite of a new boyfriend. Then one night, at a friend’s tepid New Year’s Eve party, Sarah enters the scene like a tornado. A talented young violinist, she is loud, vivacious, and appealingly unkempt in a world where everyone seems preoccupied with being ‘just so’. It is the beginning of an intense relationship, tender and violent, that will upend both women’s lives.

About the translator

Adriana Hunter has translated some eighty books. She won the 2011 Scott-Moncrieff Prize for her translation of Véronique Olmi’s Beside the Sea and has twice been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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