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James Ellroy in Conversation

The ‘demon dog of American literature’ comes to London for the first time in five years to discuss latest novel This Storm, the second in his new LA Quartet.

This Storm is a pulse-pounding historical crime novel set in a Los Angeles and Mexico gripped by war fever and racial hatred in the wake of Pearl Harbor. The design of the second LA Quartet series is unprecedented; Ellroy takes characters from the original LA Quartet and the Underworld USA Trilogy and places them in Los Angeles during World War II as significantly younger people. The first book in the quartet, Perfidia, was published in 2014.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from ‘one of the great American writers of our time', as described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, in an event presented by Southbank Centre in collaboration with Penguin Live and chaired by Erica Wagner.

Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His LA Quartet novels – The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz – have won numerous awards and are international bestsellers. Several of his novels have been made into acclaimed films.

Erica Wagner's most recent book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. She is the author of Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of "Birthday Letters, Seizure, and the short story collection Gravity; she is also the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. She is consulting literary editor for Harper's Bazaar, a contributing writer for the New Statesman and was for 17 years literary editor of The Times. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, and she is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Copies of James Ellroy’s new book, This Storm, (RRP £20) are available ahead of publication for £16 when you buy a ticket to the event, to be collected at the event.

The author is signing copies of his book in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer after the event.

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