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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen in Conversation

Part of London Literature Festival

What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar with author Devorah Baum.

Nofar is just an average teenage girl – so average that she’s almost invisible. Serving customers in an ice cream parlour all summer long, she is desperate for some kind of escape.

Then one afternoon, a terrible lie slips from her tongue. Now everyone wants to talk to Nofar: the press, her schoolmates, and the boy upstairs – the only one who knows the truth.

Written in Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s irresistible, piercing prose, this unforgettable novel brilliantly explores how far a lie can travel – and how much we are willing to believe.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is a novelist and clinical psychologist based in Israel. Her novels are translated into 16 languages.

Her debut novel, One Night Markovitch, won the prestigious Sapir Prize and her second book, Waking Lions, won the JQ Wingate Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

She's an occasional correspondent for the BBC, TIME magazine and the Israeli media.

Devorah Baum is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Southampton. She is the author of two books, Feeling Jewish and The Jewish Joke, and co-director of the creative documentary feature film The New Man.

She has written for a range of publications including the New York Times, The Guardian and Granta Magazine. Her co-edited special issue of Granta Magazine on ‘The Politics of Feeling’ came out in February 2019.

Dates & times

18 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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For ages 16+

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