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Virtual event

Tessa Hadley in conversation with Julia Wheeler

Join Tessa Hadley as she talks about her new book Free Love. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Date and time 1 Feb 2022 4pm - 5pm
Location Online
Status On sale

From Tessa Hadley, bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, comes a compulsive new novel, Free Love, about one woman's sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London.

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 31 January 2022.

About the book

1967. While London comes alive with the new youth revolution, the suburban Fischer family seems to belong to an older world of conventional stability: pretty, dutiful homemaker Phyllis is married to Roger, a devoted father with a career in the Foreign Office. Their children are Colette, a bookish teenager, and Hugh, the golden boy.

But when the twenty-something son of an old friend pays the Fischers a visit one hot summer evening, and kisses Phyllis in the dark garden after dinner, something in her catches fire. Newly awake to the world, Phyllis makes a choice that defies all expectations of her as a wife and a mother. Nothing in these ordinary lives is so ordinary after all, it turns out, as the family's upheaval mirrors the dramatic transformation of the society around them.

‘Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book. She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts.’
Hilary Mantel

With scalpel-sharp insight, Tessa Hadley explores her characters' inner worlds, laying bare their fears and longings. Daring and sensual, Free Love is a compulsive, irresistible exploration of romantic love, sexual freedom and living out the truest and most meaningful version of our lives.

Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of seven highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl, The Past, Late in the Day and three collections of stories, Sunstroke, Married Love and Bad Dreams. She won a Windham-Campbell prize for Fiction in 2016, The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016, and Bad Dreams won the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker.

‘She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today.’
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010. She continues to work as a freelance journalist. Julia wrote the award-winning book Telling Tales: An Oral History of Dubai, capturing stories of court intrigue, pearl diving and gold smuggling.

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Terms and conditions

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 31 January 2022.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 4pm (GMT) on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

6) This event will be recorded. You are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon booking and joining the event. Saga reserves the right to use the recorded content for any purpose.

7) The event will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom can be accessed via your chosen internet browser. Alternatively you can download Zoom as an App for your PC and devices by visiting zoom.us/download.

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9) When joining the event, you must please ensure to use the same email address that you use for your MySaga account.

10) Your camera and microphone will be turned off upon joining the event. The names of attendees will be displayed during the event.

11) There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the event. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text. Saga cannot guarantee that they will be answered. Saga in its sole discretion reserves the right for any reason to not answer or remove a question or content. The host may unmute you and allow video during the Q&A section of the event, but only if you are happy for them to do so.

12) All filming and photography during the event is strictly prohibited.

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