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Lunchtime Classics

April 11, 2013

I’m delighted to be giving another talk at Waterstones Liverpool One as part of the Lunchtime Classics series. The series was started by Glyn Morgan last year and consists of readings and discussions of classic stories and authors by ‘literary experts’ (or me depending on which talk you attend). Last year I spoke on James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, this year I’m discussing John Le Carre and the George Smiley novels. The full list of speakers confirmed so far is pasted below, and the speaker booked for the week after me is rather fetching I can tell you.

All readings are 1-2pm in the Illy Café at Waterstones Liverpool One.

Wednesday 24th April: Glyn Morgan (Ph.D Researcher, University of Liverpool) on H.G. Wells’ The
War of the Worlds.

Wednesday 1st May: Michelle Yost (Ph.D Researcher, University of Liverpool) on E.M. Forster’s
‘The Machine Stops’.

Tuesday 7th May: Dr Deaglàn Ó Donghaile (John Moore’s University) on Joseph Conrad’s The
Secret Agent.

Wednesday 15th May: Dr Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool) on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s
Travels.

Tuesday 21st May: Lee Rooney (University of Liverpool) on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Wednesday 29th May: Dr Danny O’Connor (University of Liverpool) on T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

Thursday 6th June: Dr Ben Brabon (Edge Hill University) on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Tuesday 11th June: Maria Shmygol (University of Liverpool) on Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life
of Ivan Denisovich.

Wednesday 19th June: Dr Matthew Bradley (University of Liverpool) on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture
of Dorian Gray.

Wednesday 26th June: Dr Chris Pak (University of Liverpool) on Stanislaw Lem.

Wednesday 3rd July: Steve Powell (University of Liverpool) on John Le Carre’s Smiley Trilogy.

Wednesday 10th July: Dr Diana Powell (University of Liverpool) on Walter Scott’s The Bride of
Lammermoor.

Tuesday 16th July: Andy Sawyer (University of Liverpool) on the work of Saki (H.H. Monroe).

Monday 22nd July: Dr David Hering (University of Liverpool) on David Foster Wallace’s The Pale
King.

Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL. Tel: (0151) 7099820

And speaking of Waterstones Liverpool One, Harlan Coben will be in the store on April 25th at 12:30 PM signing copies of his new novel Six Years, which is already in development to be adapted into a film starring Hugh Jackman. I’m disappointed that work commitments means I can’t attend this one, but do go if you can.

Finally, on the topic of crime fiction superstars visiting North-West England, did Richard Roundtree a.k.a Shaft visit my home city of Chester back in 2000? These photographs seem to suggest that he did. Lovely to see he went walking on our famous Roman Walls.

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