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Ian McEwan, author of The Children Act

Sometimes our ways of understanding the past, history, and our pressing decisions lead to contradictory interpretations and dangerous results. Byatt's Gothic Possession (1990) explores the parallel and intertwined lives of poets and researchers a century apart, revealing obsessions, hidden secrets and much about the sources of literature in personal lives. Margaret Atwood's most recent, lively and disruptive collection of short stories, Stone Mattress (2014), revisits and reimagines different histories, while The Children Act (2015) by Ian McEwan conducts a tale of other interlocking lives, showing that the balance and justice of relationships, life and the law are both relentless and tenuously held.


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08 Jul 2016 to 10 Jul 2016

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1 weekend(s)

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Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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