The incredible story of Émile Zola’s escape to London in the aftermath of the scandalous Dreyfus Affair. It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter, J’accuse, and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile.
Michael Rosen has traced Zola’s footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Émile Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.
Michael Rosen MA, PhD is a poet, broadcaster, former Children’s Laureate and a recipient of one of France’s top honours, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has sold over 8 million copies. He has presented BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth since 1996 and his programme Zola in Norwood was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2015. He is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Erica Wagner is an author and critic, and was literary editor of The Times from 1996 to 2013. Her books includy Gravity, a collection of short stories, Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters and a novel, Seizure.