City Books: Alexandra Harris – The Rising Down

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Join Alexandra Harris, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns, as she launches her latest book: The Rising Down – Lives In a Sussex Landscape

By focusing on one small patch of England, Harris finds “a world in a grain of sand” and opens vast new horizons.

When celebrated critic and cultural historian Alexandra Harris returned to her childhood home of West Sussex, she realised that she barely knew the place at all.

As she probed beneath the surface, excavating layers of archival records and everyday objects – bringing a lifetime’s reading to bear on the place where she started – hundreds of unexpected stories and hypnotic voices emerged from the area’s past.

Who has stood here, she asks; what did they see?

From the painter John Constable and the modernist writer Ford Madox Ford to the lost local women who left little trace, these electrifying encounters inspired her to imagine lives that seemed distant, yet were deeply connected through their shared landscape.

“A thrill akin to discovering buried treasure” ~ Richard Mabey

Presented by City Books. This special evening will include a reading, Q&A and book signing.

  • Date
    Fri, April 19, 2024
  • Start time 7:00 PM
  • Price £12.00
  • Duration 90 Minutes
  • Event format TBA

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