The Guardian voted The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers the best new novel of 2012 and on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm he will be making his only London appearance so far this year, at Dulwich Books. Come and hear him in conversation with Daisy Hildyard, author of Hunters in the Snow.
I have read The Yellow Birds and was deeply moved by it, rating it alongside Birdsong on my “you must read selection”. The likes of Colm Toibin, Ann Patchett and Tom Wolfe were bowled over by it. The Hay Festival says “The poet and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival”.
Daisy Hildyard’s first novel, Hunters in the Snow, arrives in July and sees the debut of a remarkable young writer. I am currently reading Daisy’s book and it is a true delight. The Guardian says “A dazzling literary novel in which a young woman discovers her grandfather’s book, a strange history which links four journeys of four great men, separated by the centuries. ”.
Kevin and Daisy will talk about and read extracts from each other’s books. They will share with you their experiences of being first time novelists and then take questions.
Tickets are £5.00 and can be booked here.
There are so many reviews of The Yellow Birds that it would be impossible for me to include them, you can read the full selection here (http://www.kevincpowers.com/the_yellow_birds_114142.htm). However to give you a flavour I have selected two:
The Guardian’s review of The Yellow Birds
“a novel that can stand beside All Quiet on the Western Front or The Red Badge of Courage…essential…a must read…the mark of an artist of the first order“
The New York Times Book Review
“Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”