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Mosaic: Portraits in Fragments

Michael Holroyd will speak about memoirs and read from his new book, a companion volume to Basil Street Blues, the book in which the biographer of George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey and Augustus John turned his hand to something more personal - his own family.

Mosaic: Portraits in Fragments was inspired by letters which the author received from readers in response to Basil Street Blues. Letters which, when pieced together, expand upon the author’s family history in remarkable and startling ways. A love story, a detective story, a book of secrets, Mosaic is both a journey into a forest of family trees, and a fascinating insight into the workings of genealogy.

Michael Holroyd is Chairman of the Royal Society of Literature and one of the country’s most distinguished men of letters.

Copies of Mosaic: Portraits in Fragments will be available to purchase in the British Library Bookshop and on the night.


Michael Holroyd | talks


Date and Time:

28 April 2004 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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