A testament to both the resilience and persistent myopia of the human condition, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place, to give us all a clearer look at those around us and perhaps ourselves. A work that explores the theme of inheritance – whether social, economic or ecological – it recalls George Eliot in its blend of warmth and wisdom, fearlessness and political acuity: a novel that speaks truly to our times.
Kingsolver’s previous fourteen works of non-fiction and fiction, including The Poisonwood Bible, have been translated into dozens of languages and earned a devoted readership. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the United States’ highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
Southbank Centre is proud to present one of the most celebrated and essential voices of our time in this UK exclusive event.
Samira Ahmed is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. She presents Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1 and is a visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University. Ahmed has been a reporter on Newsnight, the Today Programme, covered the OJ Simpson civil trial as the BBC's Los Angeles correspondent and won the Stonewall Broadcast of the year award while a presenter and reporter at Channel 4 News.
For ages 16+.
Hardback copies of Barbara Kingsolver’s new book Unsheltered are available for £20 when you buy a ticket to the talk, to be collected at the event.
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