29th November 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Principal Grand Central, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF
Sarah Vaughan & Sofka Zinovieff
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
Sofka Zinovieff studied at Cambridge, then lived in Greece and Moscow. She is the acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction, Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens, Red Princess: A Revolutionary Life and The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me, and one previous novel, The House on Paradise Street. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator and the Independent. She divides her time between Athens and England.
Praise for Sofka Zinovieff
This book is truly memorable and thought-provoking; throughout, Zinovieff sustains wonderfully perplexing and complex ambiguities. What is love, and what is exploitation? What is truth and what is self-deception? Can contradictions be simultaneously true? It’s a great story and a riveting read. I’ll remember the characters forever. Louis de Bernières
It is the 1970s and Ralph, an up-and-coming composer, is visiting Edmund Greenslay at his riverside home in Putney to discuss a collaboration. Through the house’s colourful rooms and unruly garden flits nine-year-old Daphne – dark, teasing, slippery as mercury, more sprite than boy or girl. From the moment their worlds collide, Ralph is consumed by an obsession to make Daphne his.
But Ralph is twenty-five and Daphne is only a child, and even in the bohemian abandon of 1970s London their fast-burgeoning relationship must be kept a secret. It is not until years later that Daphne is forced to confront the truth of her own childhood –and an act of violence that has lain hidden for decades.
Putney is a compelling, thought-provoking novel about the moral lines we tread, the stories we tell ourselves and the memories that play themselves out again and again, like snatches of song.
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