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Family Affairs

Charlotte Mendelson, Rutu Modan, Blake Morrison

24/02/2008 12:00 pm
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Here, three highly distinctive writers explored dysfunctional families; mining relationships, love and betrayals, secrets and lies.

When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson’s novel, tells the story of a high profile woman rabbi’s family in total disarray. In Rutu Modan’s beautifully drawn graphic novel, Exit Wounds, the search for a man feared dead in a terrorist attack reveals someone neither his son nor his lover knew. Blake Morrison wrote two moving memoirs uncovering the lives of both his parents.

Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson is an award-winning author and journalist. She reviews for the major broadsheets and teaches creative writing for The Guardian. Her previous novels include Daughters of Jerusalem and When We Were Bad.

Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is co-founder of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus and has published the critically acclaimed graphic novels Exit Woundsand The Property.

Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chairman of the Poetry Book Society, a member of the Literature Panel of the Arts Council of England and Vice-Chairman of English PEN. His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? , an honest and moving account of his father\'s life and death and Things My Mother Never Told Me, a memoir of his mother. As If is about the trial of the two young boys convicted of killing the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool. His poetry includes the collections Dark Glasses, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripperand Pendle Witches. He is also a novelist, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg and most recently South of the River. He has written a number of essays, plays and a children’s book.

Hephzibah Anderson

Hepzhibah Anderson studied English Literature at Cambridge University. She was Fiction Editor of the Daily Mail and reviewer of debut fiction for The Observer. She now works freelance as critic, feature writer and broadcaster. Her first book Chastened: Adventures in Abstinence will be published in June 2009.