Chair: Joanna Newman
In association with the London Jewish Cultural Centre
Imagine that Peter, Anne Frank’s companion in hiding, had survived the war and tried to rebuild a new life in the US. Ellen Feldman, in her gripping novel, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, explores the impossibility of severing the past.
In Lisa Appignanesi’s The Memory Man, an old man is forced to remember his past by a trip to Vienna, a city he had not seen since fleeing the Nazis as a child.
The two authors discussed the themes of invented lives and repressed or erased memories.
Lisa Appignanesi has written nine novels and works of non fiction. She shadowed Professor Steven Rose's group which works on memory, a subject at the centre of her family memoir, Losing the Dead. She is currently working on a book on women and the mind doctors.
Ellen Feldman is the author of eight novels, including Lucy , and writes for the New York Times.
Joanna Newman is the Executive Director, arts & education at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.