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Past Events

Past EventsWednesday, November 9

An Evening with David Grossman

David Grossman
Chair: Mark Lawson
Readings by: Henry Goodman

On the eve of the English publication of his latest novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, celebrated novelist, David Grossman, made his sole London appearance. In conversation with broadcaster, Mark Lawson, the talk was accompanied by readings from Henry Goodman.

A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breath-taking read. Veteran stand-up comic Dovale Gee provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience expecting an evening of amusement. They are instead rapt witnesses to the personal hell of a comedian who falls apart before their eyes. Gee exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.

Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman is a leading Israeli writer of his generation, whose diverse work – encompassing fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature, has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize. 

Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for his flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme, Front Row, between 1998 and 2014. A Guardian columnist, he now presents Mark Lawson Talks To... on BBC Four and The Allegations is his acclaimed new novel.

Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics' Circle Award. His appearances at the National Theatre, RSC, West End and Broadway have always been intertwined with his teaching at Guildhall, RADA, BADA, and The Actors Centre.


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