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Carlos Acosta to sign copies of his debut novel on 16 November

Pig's Foot has been acclaimed by critics as an 'energetic and passionate Cuban saga'.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

1 November 2013 at 5.32pm | 5 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta will be signing copies of his debut novel Pig’s Foot at 4.30pm on 16 November at the Royal Opera House Shop.

The novel, which was selected as one of the Waterstones Eleven for the best fiction debuts of 2013, explores the tumultuous history of Cuba across three generations through the eyes of its narrator Oscar Kortico. Full of dark comedy, magical history and startling revelations, the novel takes the reader on a journey from a tiny hamlet in the deep south of Cuba at the time of slavery (Pata de Puerco or Pig’s Foot), to the sprawling city of Havana in the 1990s.

The book has received largely positive reviews, with many commenting on the similarities to Latin literary icons Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges.

For a sneak preview, read the first chapter.

Pig’s Foot is Carlos’s first fictional work. In 2007 he released his autobiography No Way Home. A UK best-seller, the book details his story from dancing in the streets of Havana to life as an international ballet star.

He has been just as busy on-stage as off. Carlos's new production of Don Quixote, his first full-length work for The Royal Ballet, had its world premiere earlier this Season. It was also screened live in cinemas across the globe in October.

Pig’s Foot is available to buy both in store and online in the Royal Opera House Shop.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

1 November 2013 at 5.32pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged book, book signing, by Carlos Acosta, debut novel, fiction, novel, online shop, Pig's Foot, ROH, Royal Opera House Shop, Shop, signing

This article has 5 comments

  1. I will be there with my son... Can't wait!

  2. Pam Grant responded on 7 November 2013 at 6:15am Reply

    OMG I sometimes see him on the tube at Kings Cross in the morning and I ALWAYS stop him and say hello and tell him that he IS my favourite dancer. I purchased the book yesterday and have a signed copy of his first book. Will definitely be there.

  3. val jones responded on 9 November 2013 at 8:14pm Reply

    I will be there too - what a wonderful opportunity! Saw him in Mayerling - sublime.

  4. Ghazala Rashid responded on 17 November 2013 at 7:03am Reply

    What an amazing experience, both my boys got their books signed... And photos taken.
    Thank you....

  5. Gianmarco responded on 10 December 2013 at 7:11am Reply

    OMG....another egocentric ballerina gone among authors!!!

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