Sunday 7 November, 5-6pm at QUAD
Booker-longlisted and Costa Prize winner, Jon McGregor joins us for his third visit to Derby Book Festival. His stunning new novel, Lean Fall Stand, mesmerisingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories – even when words fail us.
When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching – for the men involved and for their families back home.
Robert ‘Doc’ Wright, a veteran of Antarctic field work, holds the clues to what happened, but he is no longer able to communicate them. While Anna, his wife, navigates the sharp contours of her new life as a carer, Robert is forced to learn a whole new way to be in the world.
A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness, this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.