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March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction
  • Science, Radio & Invention

The Gradual

Christopher Priest


Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
(£5 27yrs and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Leading British Science Fiction writer and award-winning master of speculative fiction, Christopher Priest (The Prestige), talks to Professor Sarah Brown about his life’s work and new novel. The Gradual is a haunting tale about time-travel and memory, the latest in the Dream Archipelago series, a world of varied, unmappable islands which the author has been writing about since the 1970s.

Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He has been a full-time writer since 1968, publishing fourteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige, which later won the World Fantasy Award. The Prestige was turned into a film by Warner Bros, receiving two Academy Award nominations. Christopher is Vice-President of the H G Wells Society, and has written for radio, television, and many newspapers and magazines.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Science, Radio and Invention Day in Chelmsford on Saturday 25 March.

FESTIVAL 4 – MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks – Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online.


The Gradual is a time travel story, but one unlike any other I have read. … The result is amazing, haunting, eloquently baffling and clever. Adam Roberts, The Guardian



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