Isabel Allende in conversation with Jeanette Winterson

Manchester Literature Festival and the Centre for New Writing are thrilled to welcome one of Latin America’s greatest authors to the UK for her first visit in 12 years.

The Dancehouse, Manchester

Tuesday 11th February, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel is the author of 24 bestselling books including The House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and City of the Beasts. Her work has been translated into 42 languages and she is the recipient of over 60 awards, including the 2018 National Book Awards Lifetime Achievement. To celebrate the publication of her new novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, Isabel will read and discuss her work with author and Professor of New Writing, Jeanette Winterson.

Informed by the lives of friends and relatives, A Long Petal of the Sea is a masterful work of historical fiction about home and belonging, hope and sorrow. It starts in 1939 at the end of the Spanish Civil War, when half a million refugees escaped Franco by walking from Spain to France, and follows a young doctor and his sister-in-law as they navigate the turmoil and displacement of the 20th century. Their journey takes them from Europe to Chile and Venezuela, and includes a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations.

Venue Information

The Dancehouse
10A Oxford Road
M1 5QA
United Kingdom
Phone: 01618373000

About the Book

A Long Petal of the Sea
A Long Petal of the Sea

Isabel Allende

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date:21 Jan 2020


3.69 out of 5
8 reviews
"a masterful work of historical fiction"
The Independent
"a sweeping historical saga"
The Guardian
"Allende’s epic is deeply rooted in fact, and often reads like a biography"
Daily Mail
"this is a defiantly warm and funny novel"
The Daily Telegraph
"an easy-flowing narrative and credible characters"
The Scotsman
"The real substance of the novel is in the history of modern Chile, its relationship with democracy, socialism, and migration"
Irish Times
"this book is full of ambition and humanity"
The Sunday Times
"in its gritty realism, this story is focused on attempting not just to survive but to live"
Financial Times