Reading: Meet Nick Holdstock from Edinburgh

Reading Nick Holdstock Thursday 3rd Aug in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM | Thursday 3rd August at 18:30. Free!

Nick Holdstock will visit us from Edinburgh to read from his novel The Casualties. Join us for this interesting evening event. Free. 

In The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood in Edinburgh before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.

The Casualties explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?


”Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone’s lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost.”

Nick Holdstock’s articles, reviews and essays have appeared in a wide range of US and UK publications, including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, N+1, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, VICE, Literary Review and The Dublin Review.

He is also the author of two non-fiction books; The Tree That Bleeds: A Uighur Town on the Edge (2011), a book about life in China's Xinjiang province, and China's Forgotten People (2015). In 2012 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for fiction. 

He worked for many years under Isabel Hilton at China Dialogue, part of the Guardian environment network, and he writes regularly on China for the London Review of Books. His new book on the human stories behind China’s transition to a mostly urban society, Chasing the Chinese Dream, will be out in September

The Casualties is his first novel. Nick lives in Edinburgh.

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