It’s a great delight to welcome author Clare Chambers to the Festival. Behind the stellar success of Clare’s latest novel Small Pleasures – a genuine word-of-mouth bestseller, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and optioned for the screen – is a writing history that spans eight novels followed by a decade’s hiatus during which Clare was all but certain her writing career was over. Her first novel, Uncertain Terms, was published in 1992 when she was working for the legendary editor Diana Athill, and her fourth, Learning to Swim, was the Romantic Novelists’ Association ‘Book of the Year’ in 1999.
Now, as her fascinating and varied backlist is reissued and eager readers await news of her next book, Clare joins Antonia Honeywell to talk about perseverance, dedication, the experience of a late- career resurgence and her decades at the heart of an industry which can be brutal and unflinching, but which holds so many dreams. And, of course, to discuss her “almost flawless” (The Times) novel, Small Pleasures.
“A very fine book… It’s witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche” David Nicholls
“I loved this book. Thoughtful and empathetic storytelling that is full of suspense. It is full of conflict, asking questions about duty and happiness” Jamie Klingler, inews.co.uk
Sat 15 Oct 2022 3.00pm
Little Missenden Village Hall