Yann Martel returns to Southbank Centre to read from and discuss his new novel Beatrice and Virgil. At the novel's heart is Henry, who, following a chance letter from an elderly taxidermist, becomes involved with a donkey and a howler monkey - Beatrice and Virgil - and embarks on an epic journey with them. With the playful imagination which drew over seven million readers to his previous novel Life of Pi, Martel has created another brilliant narrative which asks enticing questions about human cruelty and kindness.