Dutch author Jaap Robben’s portrayal of a 13-year-old left to care for his severely disabled brother in Summer Brother has earned the praise of Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Strout and The New York Times and seen him longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize 2021. Jodie Chapman’s Another Life, selected for BBC Two’s Between the Covers Book Club might have a love story at its heart, but it is the tragic, tender relationship between protagonist Nick and his younger brother Sal that many readers have connected with. They talk to Cathy Rentzenbrink about the powerful brotherly bonds at the heart of their books.

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Everyone is Still Alive Summer Brother Another Lifer


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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