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‘Crossing the River’ by Caryl Phillips

4 September 2018 – 7.30pm

(Please note the change for date from 20 August 2018)

Jaflong Tandoori, 42 East Dulwich Road

Crossing the River by [Phillips, Caryl]

From the acclaimed author of Cambridge comes an ambitious, formally inventive, and intensely moving evocation of the scattered offspring of Africa. It begins in a year of failing crops and desperate foolishness, which forces a father to sell his three children into slavery. Employing a brilliant range of voices and narrative techniques, Caryl Phillips folows these exiles across the river that separates continents and centuries.

Phillips’s characters include a freed slave who journeys to Liberia as a missionary in the 1830s; a pioneer woman seeking refuge from the white man’s justice on the Colorado frontier; and an African-American G.I. who falls in love with a white Englishwoman during World War II. Together these voices make up a “many-tongued chorus” of common memory—and one of the most stunning works of fiction ever to address the lives of black people severed from their homeland.

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (1993), James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (1993)

258 pages (Kindle Edition)

First Published by Vintage January 18th 1993

Available in local bookshops, on Kindle and from Southwark Libraries. (Not available on Audible)

Don’t forget our next event in the meantime….

‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper

Monday 23 July 2018 – 7.30pm

Jaflong Tandoori, 42 East Dulwich Road

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

352 pages (Kindle Edition) – 9 hours and 37 minutes (Audio)

Published 31 May 2016 by Macmillan Australia

Available in local bookshops, on Kindle, Audible and from Southwark Libraries


New Readers Welcome

For details please email Kirsten or Chloe.

EDWI Bookclub 4 September 2018 – “Crossing the River” by Caryl Phillips

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