Tony Peake at Wivenhoe Bookshop

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Tony Peake will be reading from his eagerly awaited new book, North Facing, and talking about his inspirations for the novel and the political background in South Africa.

A novel of awakening and atonement, this exquisitely realised story revisits a seminal boyhood moment as it plays out — with unexpected and sinister consequences — against the backdrop of political upheaval.

Tony Peake was born in South Africa but has lived most of his life in London. He is an acclaimed short story writer with work in many anthologies including The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African Short Stories, The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories and Best British Short Stories 2016. He is the author of two previous novels, A Summer Tide and Son to the Father, and Derek Jarman: A Biography .

Tickets £5 on sale at the bookshop or call 01206 824050/book by email