Book Festival: Sarah Churchwell - Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby
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Since its publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby has become one of the world's best-loved books. Careless People reconstructs the crucial months during which socialites Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald returned to New York in the autumn of 1922 - the parties, the drunken weekends at Long Island, the jazz clubs and speakeasies, the casual merge of high society and organised crime, and the growth of celebrity culture. The book returns to the story of Gatsby and the high-profile murder that provided inspiration for Fitzgerald's tale.

With wit and insight, author Sarah Churchwell traces the genesis of a masterpiece; using lost and forgotten newspaper accounts, letters and newly discovered material to discover how great fiction takes shape in the mind of a genius.

Saturday 18 October 14:00, Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Tickets: £6, Concessions and PIBF Friends £4.

Find out more about the Plymouth International Book Festival 2014.

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