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Naomi Wood discusses her book 'Mrs. Hemingway'

Publication date: Apr 24, 2014 12:27:56 PM

Start: May 15, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: May 15, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

Mrs Hemingway by N Wood (Picador/Viking, London 2014)

Today, Ernest Hemingway is remembered as one of the most gifted writers of the twentieth century. But he was also married to four extraordinary women: Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary. Told in four parts, Naomi Wood’s new novel Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of what it was to love – and be loved by – one of the most famous writers in the world. Set against the backdrop of Roaring Twenties Paris and into Cold War America, Mrs. Hemingway recovers each woman from Hemingway’ shadow, and gives a touching and balanced account of life with ‘Ernesto’.

Naomi Wood will read from her novel, and explore via videos, photographs, letters and telegrams what we know of these women and the eras they lived in. The presentation will be followed by a drinks reception. Mrs Hemingway was published by Picador/Viking in 2014.

Naomi Wood studied for her undergraduate degree at Cambridge and has a Master’s and Doctorate from the UEA. Her first novel, The Godless Boys, was published to critical acclaim by Picador in 2011, and Naomi has written the screenplay which is currently under option. Her second novel Mrs. Hemingway, a historical novel based on the lives of the four Hemingway wives, was published to widespread acclaim by Picador in 2014, and will be published by Penguin in the US.  Her research for Mrs. Hemingway took her from the British Library to the Library of Congress, and to Ernest Hemingway’s homes and old haunts in Chicago, Paris, Antibes, Key West, and Havana. Her work is published in ten languages. She lives in London and teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University. If you would like to know more about Naomi Wood, please visit her website.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.