Book Launch: Austerity Baby

September 19, 2017

International Anthony Burgess Foundation,

Book Launch: Austerity Baby

We are pleased to invite you to celebrate the launch of Austerity baby by Janet Wolff

About the book:

Austerity Baby might best be described as an ‘oblique memoir’. Janet Wolff’s fascinating volume is a family history – but one that is digressive and consistently surprising. The central underlying and repeated themes of the book are exile and displacement; lives (and deaths) during the Third Reich; mother-daughter and sibling relationships; the generational transmission of trauma and experience; transatlantic reflections; and the struggle for creative expression.

Stories mobilised, and people encountered, in the course of the narrative include: the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War; cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s; the social and personal meanings of colour(s); the industrialist and philanthropist, Henry Simon of Manchester, including his relationship with the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen; the liberal British campaigner and MP of the 1940s, Eleanor Rathbone; reflections on the lives and images of spinsters. The text is supplemented and interrupted throughout by images (photographs, paintings, facsimile documents), some of which serve to illustrate the story, others engaging indirectly with the written word.

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*Refreshments will be provided

Tuesday 19 September 2017 | 5:30pm til 8:00pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation,
The Engine House, 3 Cambridge Street,
Manchester M1 5BY


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