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Who’s the real Rudyard Kipling?

As young children, Rudyard Kipling and his sister Trix flourished in the brilliant warmth and colour of India. Their happiness ended abruptly when they were sent back to England to live with a sadistic foster family. Both became writers, although one lived in the shadow of the other’s extraordinary success.

Mary Hamer‘s fascinating novel, Kipling & Trix, brings these two characters vividly to life. In this fictionalised account of their lives, she goes to the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother and his troubled sister. Hamer peels back the historical record to reveal the obsessions which fuelled Kipling and his sister.

Speaking to Asia House, Hamer will discuss her research into their lives.

This talk is part of a day focused on The Jungle Book, to coincide with the Disney remake (which has just been released).

Mary Hamer is a researcher, writer and academic, whose work has appeared in the Economist, the Guardian and the Independent. She has contributed to television and radio programmes, such as In Search of Cleopatra, Women’s Hour and Night Waves. Kipling & Trix is her fifth book and first novel. It won the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2012.

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May 7, 2016
14:30 - 15:30
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