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Arifa Akbar in conversation

Join Arifa Akbar as she talks about her book Consumed. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Virtual event
Date and time 2 Dec 2021 4pm - 5pm
Location Online Status On sale

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Join Arifa Akbar as she talks about her book Consumed. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Hear Arifa Akbar, the Guardian’s chief theatre critic, discuss her highly acclaimed memoir. Consumed: A Sister's Story is a moving tale of sisterhood, TB and the healing powers of art.

During the event there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text, so your camera and microphone don’t need to be on.

Early booking is recommended. Saga customers must book their place by 9am on Monday 29 November.

Want to read the book? Get Consumed: A Sister's Story at Wordery.com in their Black Friday sale. And don't forget to collect your exclusive Wordery offer code from Saga for a further 10% discount.

About the book

When Arifa Akbar discovered that her sister had fallen seriously ill, she assumed there would be a brief spell in hospital and then she'd be home. This was not to be. It was not until the day before she died that the family discovered she was suffering from tuberculosis.

‘I loved this haunting, beautiful exploration of sisterhood, love and loss. Consumed weaves together art history, medical mystery and grief memoir with enormous honesty and tenderness.’ Rachel Clarke, bestselling author of Dear Life and Breathtaking

Consumed is a story of sisterhood, grief, the redemptive power of art and the strange mythologies that surround tuberculosis. It takes us from Keats's deathbed and the tubercular women of opera to the resurgence of TB in modern Britain today.

‘If her moving, engrossing, elegantly written memoir does not win prizes, there really is no justice in the literary world.’ Sunday Times

Arifa travels to Rome to haunt the places Keats and her sister had explored, to her grandparent's house in Pakistan, to her sister's bedside at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and back to a London of the seventies when her family first arrived, poor, homeless and hungry.

Consumed is an eloquent and moving excavation of a family's secrets and a sister's detective story to understand her sibling.

Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is the Guardian’s chief theatre critic. A journalist for over twenty years, she is the former literary editor of the Independent , where she also worked as arts correspondent and news reporter. She has previously contributed to the Observer and the Financial Times. She is on the board of trustees for the Orwell Foundation and English PEN. Short pieces of her non-fiction have appeared in several anthologies. Consumed is her first full-length book and has been long-listed for the Baillie Gifford Prize.

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1) The event is for Saga customers who have signed up to receive customer benefits (formerly Possibilities). You must have a MySaga account. Please visit www.saga.co.uk/membership/activate to create an account.

2) This is an exclusive event with limited spaces available. In order to attend you must book to reserve your space. To book, click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions.

3) Booking for this event will close 9am Monday 29 November 2021.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 4pm (GMT) on Thursday 2 December 2021.

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Virtual event
Date and time 2 Dec 2021 4pm - 5pm
Location Online Status On sale

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