Golden Hare Books is delighted to welcome novelist and poet Sam Meekings, for an evening of discussion about his new novel, The Afterlives of Doctor Gachet.
Come along for a glass of wine and a chat about one of Van Gogh’s best known paintings, and how it inspired Meekings’ novel.
Where does sadness come from? The Afterlives of Doctor Gachet unravels the mystery of Paul Ferdinand Gachet, the subject of one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings: one that shows what the artist calls ‘the heartbroken expression of our times’.
But what caused such heartbreak? To find the answer we travel with Doctor Gachet from the asylums of Paris to the controversial exhibitions of the first Impressionists, from the battlefields of the Franco-Prussian War to life with Van Gogh in Auvers, and from the bunkers of Nazi Germany to a reclusive billionaire in Tokyo, in order to uncover the secrets behind that strange, sad smile.
Sam Meekings is a British poet and novelist. He has spent the last ten years travelling and working in China and the Middle East. He currently balances his time between writing, teaching, raising two children, and drinking copious cups of tea. His first book, Under Fishbone Clouds, about the history of modern China, was called 'a poetic evocation of the country and its people' by the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Scottish Review of Books said of his work that 'The Book of Crows is a profound novel, and Meekings demonstrates a greater degree of ambition than some of his contemporaries.'