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London SYP Book Club – May 2017 – The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen

May 22, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book: ‘The Unseen’ by Roy Jacobsen, translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw

Genre: The Man Booker International Prize 2017 Shortlist. The London SYP Book Club is lucky to have been selected as one of only six reading groups in the country to shadow the Man Booker International Prize by The Reading Agency. We will read our allocated shortlisted title at the next meeting, in addition to leaving reviews online.

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden

Date: Monday 22nd May


Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . .

Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name – a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother has her own dreams – more children, a smaller island, a different life – and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her.

Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast.

But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.


May 22, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM