Join us for what is sure to be a wonderful online event with Dame Professor Marina Warner, the President of the Royal Society of Literature. She will be in conversation with Professor Susan Sellers of the University of St Andrews’ School of English, to celebrate the publication of Inventory of a Life Mislaid.
To book places, preorder your signed copy of Inventory of a Life Mislaid here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, 24 hours before the event.
This unreliable memoir follows Marina Warner’s beautiful, penniless young mother Ilia as she leaves southern Italy in 1945 to travel alone to London. Her husband, an English colonel, is still away in the war in the East as she begins to learn how to be Mrs Esmond Warner, an Englishwoman.
Evocative and imaginative, at once historical and speculative, this memoir powerfully resurrects the fraught union and unrequited hopes of Warner’s parents. Memory intertwines richly with myth, the river Lethe feeling as real as the Nile. Vivid recollections of Cairo swirl with ever-present dreams of a city where Warner’s parents, friends and associates are still restlessly wandering.