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 Tom Crewe: The New Life
 Tom Crewe: The New Life

Fri, 14 Jul


The Observer Building

Tom Crewe: The New Life

Tom Crewe - one of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2023 - will be talking to BBC producer Simon Richardson about his historical novel The New Life.

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Time & Location

14 Jul 2023, 13:30

The Observer Building, 53 Cambridge Rd, Hastings TN34 1DT, UK

About The Event

Tom Crewe’s debut novel, The New Life, is a magnificent first novel of forbidden love and new ways of living set in 1890’s London. It has been praised for its tenderness, and forensic insight into love.

The story revolves around John and Henry, whose shared vision for the future unites them to write a revolutionary book in defiance of convention and the law. Their daring book threatens to throw John and Henry and all those around them into danger. How far should they go to win personal freedoms?

‘We must live in the future we hope to make’ - Tom Crewe.

Tom will be in conversation with Simon Richardson, BBC Media and Arts Producer.

The event will last about hour and will include an audience Q and A. It will be followed by a book signing.

‘Filled with nuance and tenderness… charting the lives of men and women who inspired not only political progress but an entire new way of living and loving’ – Colm Tóibín.

‘A very fine new writer’ – Kate Atkinson

More about Tom: 

Tom Crewe was born in Middlesbrough in 1989. He has a PhD in nineteenth century British history from the University of Cambridge. Since 2015, he has been an editor at the London Review of Books, to which he contributes essays on politics, art, history and fiction. The New Life is his first novel. 

You can find out more about Tom and his writing on his website .


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