Growing Tales

Esther Freud, Anne Landsman, Sidura Ludwig

26/02/2008 1:30 pm
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Three acclaimed authors tackle the the pain, awkwardness and strange joy of growing up. Esther Freud has frequently returned to this theme in her novels. Sidura Ludwig’s debut novel, Holding My Breath depicts a young woman’s struggle to find her way in the world. The Rowing Lesson, set in South Africa, is a moving story of a daughter’s wish to keep her father alive by retelling his life story.

Esther Freud

Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. Her novels include: Peerless FlatsSummer at GaglowThe WildThe Sea HouseLove Falls and Lucky Break. She lives in north London and Suffolk.

Anne Landsman

Anne Landsman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Devil’s Chimney, nominated for the Pen/Hemingway Award, QPB’s New Voices, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and South Africa’s most prestigious literary award, the M-Net Book Prize. She lives in New York City.

Sidura Ludwig

Sidura Ludwig is the recipient of the Canadian Author and Bookman Prize for Most Promising Writer. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and lived in Birmingham from 2001 to 2004. She now lives in Toronto.

Francesca Segal


Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Innocents, won the Costa First Novel Award, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the Sami Rohr Prize, and a Betty Trask Award. Her second novel, The Awkward Age (‘smart soulful and compelling’ Nick Hornby) was published in 2017. She lives in London with her husband and twin girls.