Tom Crewe

A 'Wilde' read, based on real-life events in Victorian England, this powerful debut is a fictionalised account of the lives and loves of author John Addington Symonds and physician/essayist Henry Havelock Ellis, each living in complicated marriages, and their collaboration on a revolutionary book about sex and freedom that fights against social mores and hopes to change the law. They each hold dear a vision of a new future...

Tom Crewe is in conversation with Andy Miller, presenter of the popular Backlisted podcast.

Tom is an editor at London Review of Books. This is his first novel.

Author photo © Jon Tonks, London Review of Books

'One of the most embodied historical novels I have read. The tone is set in the extraordinary opening scene...' Lara Feigel, The Guardian

'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

'Electrifying' – Anne Enright

Event Information

Event Date Sun 26 Feb 12:30 pm
Individual Price £8.00
Venue Assembly Rooms