The Mirror Book In conversation with Charlotte Grimshaw

29 July 2021 5:30pm

Growing up behind the family façade.
‘It’s material, make a story out of it,’ was the mantra Charlotte Grimshaw grew up with in her famous literary family. But when her life was suddenly turned upside-down, she needed to re-examine the reality of that material. The more she delved into her memories, the more the real characters in her life seemed to object. So what was the truth of ‘a whole life lived in fiction'?

A compelling and sometimes uncomfortable read, The Mirror Book (RHNZ Vintage, 2021) is Charlotte’s examination and re-examination of the narratives surrounding her memories of a childhood in a famous literary family, and the effect the careful construction of those narratives had on her sense of self and stability, and on the life she creates.

The messy reality of family life, the different versions of truth drawn from memory, reframing a narrative – Phillippa Duffy will spend an hour in conversation with Charlotte about these and other aspects of this powerful memoir.

Includes audience Q&A and book sales. Charlotte will be available to sign books after the event.

Door sales will be available unless sold out in advance. Cash or online bank transfer at time of purchase only (no eftpos or credit available).

Tickets will be sold to Covid19 Alert Level 2 capacity in the first instance. If Dunedin is at Level 2 on the date of the event, A release tickets will have guaranteed seating and B release tickets will be refunded.


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