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Reading Agency Ticket Offer: Donna Tartt London UK Tour Appearance

Posted at 9:27PM Wednesday 02 Oct 2013

The chance to hear international bestselling author Donna Tartt speak in London as part of her first UK visit in a decade is on offer to readers, thanks to national charity The Reading Agency and publishers Little, Brown.

Three pairs of free tickets are available to hear Donna Tartt in conversation with BBC presenter Kirsty Wark, discussing her new novel The Goldfinch, on Tuesday 12 November at St James' Church, Piccadilly during her imminent UK tour.

Readers simply have to fill in, by 25 October, the short form at www.surveymonkey.com/s/3L83L3X, explaining in 200 words or less why they should win a pair of tickets.

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. Her debut novel The Secret History – now available for the first time as an e-book from Little, Brown – is now available in 30 languages and her second book, The Little Friend, won the WH Smith Literary Award in 2003. More information about her tour of the UK during November can be found at: www.littlebrown.co.uk/Articles/donna-tartt-events.page

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

This exciting ticket offer to hear Donna Tartt discuss The Goldfinch in London is part of The Reading Agency's work to bring together its partners from the publishing world and the whole of the UK public library network to create successful and exciting events and activities for readers of all ages.

"Donna Tartt has a worldwide reputation and The Goldfinch has been much-anticipated, so we are delighted to be offering readers the chance to hear all about it in her own words," says Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency.

For more media information please contact Deborah Hyde on debbie.hyde@oasismedia.co.uk or 07956 320 486




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