Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed.
Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.
When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas.
There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.
American-born writer and editor Erica Wagner was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014. She was chair of last year's Goldsmiths Prize and twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize.
Wagner was the literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar and a contributing writer for the New Statesman. Currently, Wagner is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Her most recent book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling and she is the author of Gravity and Ariel's Gift.
A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.
For ages 16+
Discounted copies of Isabel Allende's new book A Long Petal of the Sea (RRP £16.99) are available for £13.99 when you buy a ticket to the event, to be collected at the event.
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This talk is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT) and British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).