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Mister Pip author to visit St Andrews

An author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize is to speak about his work at a special event at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Thursday 7 October 2010)

Lloyd Jones, shortlisted in 2007 for his novel Mister Pip, will take part in a question and answer and signing session for students at the University.  The visit is the second in a recently launched initiative designed to offer new students a common topic for discussion.

Launched in 2009, the St Andrews Booker Prize Project involves every new undergraduate student being sent a copy of a Booker Prize shortlisted book before the start of term. Initially conceived by University Principal Dr Louise Richardson and the chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, it is hoped that the project will engage entrant students in intellectual debate.

This year’s event follows on from last year’s standing-room only visit by author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

Jones will appear at the Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews on Thursday 7 October at 5pm. The Principal will introduce the author and chair the event. Staff, students and the public are all welcome to attend. Copies of Mister Pip will be on sale at the event at a cost of £5.

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Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews

Contact Gayle Cook, Senior Communications Manager on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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