Arifa Akbar, Sisterhood and Secrecy

Arifa Akbar, Sisterhood and Secrecy


Moving memoir exploring art and grief

Consumed is this year’s must-read memoir, from Arifa Akbar, the Guardian’s chief theatre critic. When Akbar’s sister fell ill, her family didn’t realise the seriousness of her condition. Only the day before she died did the family discover she was suffering from tuberculosis. Consumed is a moving story about grief, the redemptive power of art and the mythologies that surround tuberculosis itself. It’s an eloquent, moving excavation of family secrets, and a sister’s detective story to understand her sibling.

“[A] poised and scholarly memoir; her sister and their relationship is at its heart, skilfully woven together with a cultural history of the disease that killed her.” — Francesca Carrington, Tatler


Special Offer - £12 double ticket for Arifa Akbar, Sisterhood and Secrecy (Saturday) and Pragya Agarwal, A Woman's Choice (Sunday). Select Double Ticket Arifa Akbar and Pragya Agarwal from drop down ticket menu.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

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