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A Weekend in New York

Benjamin Markovits

Chair: Alex Clark

10/03/2019 3:30 pm
Kings Place, St Pancras

Ticket Price : £9.50

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Paul Essinger, a tennis professional in his 30s, is about to play his final US Open. The bookies give him 1,200-1 odds on winning the title. Anxiety-ridden, comically unaware and boiling with tension, each member of the Essinger family — Paul included — is painfully trying to unpick an idea of themselves from the tableau of upper-middle-class life they present. Reflecting on their German-Jewish ancestry, Essinger senior ruefully ascribes their good fortune to ‘immigrants’ luck’. Benjamin Markovits’ new novel, A Weekend in New York, intertwines the politics of the household and the state to compile a wry portrait of the way we live now.

Benjamin Markovits
Photo by Caroline Maclean

Benjamin Markovits is the author of eight novels, most recently A Weekend in New York. He has also written essays, stories, poetry and reviews. In 2013 he was chosen as one of Granta‘s Best Young British Novelists.

Alex Clark

Alex Clark is a literary journalist, broadcaster and artistic director of the Bath Literature Festival. She makes regular appearances on Radio 4 and is an experienced judge of literary awards.