Philip Larkin – Jill in Ely

Monday 11th June 2018

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Jill   by Philip Larkin

In Larkins early novel, John Kemp, “having never been south of Crewe”, takes a place at Oxford University, where he is both attracted and bemused by the ways of the privileged middle-class students he meets there, suffers a frustrating experience of romantic infatuation. This “juvenile indiscretion”, as it author later described it, offers a fascinating picture of a university city during wartime, whilst its measured tone, quiet realism and shrewd observation make it a fascinating harbinger of the great poetry to come.