A Sudden Presence

15 Mar 2012

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£10 (limited seating, booking essential, please go to website)

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  • Underground: Caledonian Road, Piccadilly Line Overground: Caledonian Road & Barnsbury
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part of the series 'Pocket Vision Postcard Talks'


The title 'A Sudden Presence' is referring to both the idea of historical evocation and to the pleasure of getting a postcard from afar. Charles Nicholl's new book 'Traces Remain' has a sort of intrinsic relationship to postcards in the sharing of momentary glimpses of other worlds. In this collection Charles uses fragments of a person's life which he layers until they are thinking, breathing whole — a 'sudden presence' from the country of the past. Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography and travel, including the epic and intimate Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind, the celebrated The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, and the Crime Writers' Association ‘Gold Dagger' Award for non-fiction), Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa (winner of the Hawthornden Prize), The Fruit Palace and The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street. To book please go to


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