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John Irving makes a long-awaited appearance to these shores. In his latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries, an absorbing novel of fate and memory, Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of the world’s most admired and beloved writers. As we grow older – most of all, in what we remember and what we dream – we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present.
As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. “An aura of fate had marked him,” Irving writes of Juan Diego. “The chain of events, the links in our lives—what leads us where we’re going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don’t see coming, and what we do—all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.”
Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future.
Please note that signed copies of the book will be limited for this event – only the £30 Signed Book places guarantee a signed copy of Avenue of Mysteries.