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Thu, 18 Apr


The Small City Bookshop

In Ascension : Uncovered with Martin MacInnes

A deep dive into the Longlisted Booker Prize novel. We're going to be asking all the questions so we recommend you read the book first!

In Ascension : Uncovered with Martin MacInnes
In Ascension : Uncovered with Martin MacInnes

Time & Location

18 Apr 2024, 18:45 – 20:30

The Small City Bookshop, 201 Church Rd, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9HL, UK

About the event

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Martin MacInnes on In Ascension - his Booker Prize Longlisted novel.

This will be a deep dive - asking questions on everything, all the way to the end, so we strongly recommend that you have read the book.

Free entry with purchase of the book - the paperback will be ready for collection from the shop 1-2 days after ticket purchase.


'Mesmerising' Sunday Times

'Magnificent' Guardian

'Utterly compelling' The Times, Books of the Year

'Profound and thrilling' New Statesman, Books of the Year

'A far-reaching epic' Financial Times, Books of the Year

In Ascension

Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the undersea world of her childhood, she excels in marine biology, travelling the globe to study ancient organisms. When a trench is discovered in the Atlantic ocean, Leigh joins the exploration team, hoping to find evidence of the earth's first life forms - what she instead finds calls into question everything we know about our own beginnings. Her discovery leads Leigh to the Mojave desert and an ambitious new space agency. Drawn deeper into the agency's work, she learns that the Atlantic trench is only one of several related phenomena from across the world, each piece linking up to suggest a pattern beyond human understanding. Leigh knows that to continue working with the agency will mean leaving behind her declining mother and her younger sister, and faces an impossible choice: to remain with her family, or to embark on a journey across the breadth of the cosmos.


  • Entry + Free Drink

    This ticket includes entry to the event, plus a free drink. Price of the ticket is redeemable against purchase of the paperback on the night

    +£0.13 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Paperback + Free Entry

    This ticket includes free entry to the event with order of the paperback. The book will be ready for collection 1-2 days after ticket purchase.

    +£0.25 service fee
    Sale ended



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