Book Club - Trouble with Lichen

Culture Club
Date: Monday, 15 February 2021 19:00

Venue: Zoom

In John Wyndham’s novel, written in 1960, Francis Saxover and Diana Brackley, two scientists investigating a rare lichen, discover it has a remarkable property: it retards the aging process. Francis, realising the implications for the world of an ever-youthful, wealthy elite, wants to keep it secret, but Diana sees an opportunity to overturn the male status quo by using the lichen to inspire a feminist revolution. As each scientist wrestles with the implications and practicalities of exploiting the discovery, the world comes ever closer to learning the truth. "Trouble With Lichen" is a story of the power wielded by science in our lives and asks how much trust should we place in those we appoint to be its guardians?

If you'd like to join us for the discussion, drop us an email and we'll send you the link to the Zoom meeting. No need to have read the book, but it helps!


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