Join Jon McGregor, the Costa-award winning, three-times Booker-longlisted author of Reservoir 13 as he talks about his latest novel Lean Fall Stand.

When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching – for the men involved and for their families back home.

Robert “Doc” Wright, a veteran of Antarctic field work, holds the clues to what happened, but he is no longer able to communicate them. While Anna, his wife, navigates the sharp contours of her new life as a carer, Robert is forced to learn a whole new way to be in the world.

Award-winning novelist Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that mesmerizingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories – even when words fail us. A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.

Lean Fall Stand was our Book of the Month for May 2021. We are delighted to welcome Jon to Booka to celebrate its paperback publication.

‘Lean Fall Stand leaves the reader moved and subtly changed, as if she had become part of the story’ Hilary Mantel

‘A spectacular book … It does what Jon McGregor does so well: examine the widening ripples of a single event. I read it again, as soon as I’d finished’
Maggie O’Farrell

Tickets: £5 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Lean Fall Stand) or £9 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Lean Fall Stand)

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