Rumaan Alam and Kiley Reid in conversation

Join two of today’s most exciting novelists as they discuss race, parenthood and the power of fiction in examining the world we live in now.


Thursday 19th November, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Join two of todays most exciting novelists, Rumaan Alam and Kiley Reid, as they discuss race, parenthood and the power of fiction in examining the world we live in now.

Kiley Reid exploded into 2020 with her debut novel Such A Fun Age. Smart and funny, exploring race, motherhood, friendship and transactional relationships, Such A Fun Age was an instant Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and has already been heralded as The Book of the Year (Independent).

Rumaan Alam is longlisted for the National Book Award with his third novel, Leave the World Behind, touted as the signature novel for this blasted year (NPR) and the falls biggest novel (Entertainment Weekly). Keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race and class, Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis - and how the most terrifying situations are never far from reality.

This is a rare opportunity to join two writers in one of the most relevant conversations of our times.

Please note that the Ticket Book option for this event requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. Books will be posted after the event and so will arrive a few days later.

This event is on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date on the device of your choice.

About the Book

Such a Fun Age
Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date:7 Jan 2020


4.14 out of 5
15 reviews
"The book moves beyond merely articulating the shallowness with which we engage online to show the superficiality which has always characterised our engagement with one another"
London Review of Books
"a gripping and sharply comic account"
Daily Mail
"an era-defining novel"
"A sharply observed and well-crafted debut that explores race, class and privilege in contemporary Philadelphia"
The Bookseller
"This is the calling card of a virtuoso talent, a thrilling millennial spin on the 19th-century novel of manners"
The Guardian
"I suspect it will turn its writer into a star."
The Times
"All in all, it’s a cracking debut – charming, authentic and every bit as entertaining as it is calmly, intelligently damning."
The Observer
"As a layered and evocative social commentary, Reid makes an excellent job of it"
The Sunday Times
"Powerful debut hits the literary bullseye"
Irish Times
"A witty and incisive debut scrutinises relationships, race and our constructed selves"
Financial Times