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Sarah Perry's new novel Melmoth is a chilling examination of guilt and forgiveness, and one of our most anticipated books of 2018. We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to the beautiful French Protestant Church, on the day Melmoth is published, to discuss her work with the Guardian's Alex Clark.Read More
Sarah Perry's second novel The Essex Serpent (2016) was a number one bestseller. It was the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, and won British Book Awards for Fiction Book of the Year, and Book of the Year (as well as the BAMB Beautiful Book Award). It was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, International Dylan Thomas and RSL Encore prizes and longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, the Wellcome and the Walter Scott prizes. And now Sarah is back! With her incredible new novel, Melmoth... Inspired by Charles Maturin's forgotten gothic masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer, Melmoth begins in the present day, and takes its ensemble cast of characters on a spectacular journey through time. Dazzlingly inventive, terrifying and beautiful, it will make readers think deeply about the human capacity for good and evil and how often the two are intertwined. This is a novel that transcends easy categorisations of gothic or literary fiction to speak urgently to our time. We're very honoured to be helping Sarah launch Melmoth here in Norwich, at the fabulous Octagon Chapel on Colegate. There'll be a reading, a Q&A, and a signing. This really is not to be missed - and as a bonus, the £5 ticket cost can be redeemed against the book (one book per ticket).Read More
The author of the phenomenally successful The Essex Serpent talks to The Pool's Sam Baker about her highly anticipated new novel Melmoth, a dazzlingly inventive and deeply moving novel that speaks urgently to our times.Read More
'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...' As Daphne du Maurier's gothic tale of love, secrets and jealousy turns 80, we celebrate the beloved novel and examine its impact on a legion of writers and fans with author, broadcaster and critic Sarah Dunant, author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth Sarah Perry and thriller writer Sabine Durrant. Chaired by The Pool's Sam Baker.Read More
Where would we be without a little adventure? Join debut novelist Abi Andrews and awardwinning writer and gardener Alys Fowler, as they discuss the life-changing impact of travelling across lesser and greater spaces. From the Midlands to Alaska, their tales of local and international adventure showcase their sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it. Combining travelogue, memoir, and exquisite nature writing, their beautifully written fiction and non-fiction stories chart honest, physical and emotional journeys that sometimes only come about when you embark into uncharted territory and answer the call of the wild.Read More
Melmoth is watching and she's coming for the guilty. They can choose to live with what they've done, or follow Melmoth into a life of wandering. Sarah Perry's third novel is a haunting, Gothic tale of ordinary people making seemingly small decisions that lead to terrible consequences. Unnerving and unsettling, it gives the readers the sense they're also being watched. Like Sarah's critically-acclaimed and bestselling 2016 novel, The Essex Serpent, it considers ideas of friendship, morality, politics, and the stories we tell each other. Join us to hear from a writer who is rapidly becoming one of our best contemporary novelists. Sarah will be in conversation with Beth Underdown, author of The Witchfinder's Sister. Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing.Read More
Join Sarah Perry, author of international bestseller The Essex Serpent, as she talks about her new novel Melmoth, a chilling and deeply moving book that speaks urgently to our times. Melmoth tells the story of Helen Franklin, who 20 years ago did something for which she cannot forgive herself. As Helen's past finally catches up with her, she must make a choice - to live with what she's done, or be led into the darkness by Melmoth the Witness. Gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world. Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent won Waterstones Book of the Year in 2016 and both Fiction Book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year in 2017 at the British Book Awards. Chaired by Professor Simon James, Durham UniversityRead More
The author of the Man Booker and Orange Prize-shortlisted Half Blood Blues joins us as part of a rare visit from Canada. She talks to Afua Hirsch about her stunning new novel addressing slavery and freedom Washington Black.Read More
Acclaimed novelist Esi Edugyan talks about her new novel Washington Black, which was recently longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize. The novel switches from the brutal cane plantations of Barbados to the Canadian Arctic, the muddy streets of London and the deserts of Morocco. Washington Black, an 11-year-old slave, is selected as personal servant to the eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde, one of two brothers at the helm of the plantation. They escape the plantation together but Titch disappears, leaving Washington alone to pursue a promise of freedom. Edugyan is based in Victoria, British Columbia. Her first novel, Half Blood Blues, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. Ticketholders for this event are invited to a festival drinks party in the Bear Hotel sponsored by the Bear Hotel at 5.30pm on the evening of this event.Read More
Imagine being an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation. Imagine being chosen to work with the plantation master's brother on a new contraption called the Cloud-cutter. Imagine discovering you have a talent for drawing and for science. Imagine these things taking you across the world from the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic and the mud-drowned streets of London, to the eerie deserts of Morocco. Imagine trying to understand freedom while never truly being free. Acclaimed Canadian author Esi Edugyan (Half Blood Blues) reads from the fascinating tale of Washington Black (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018) and discusses this remarkable journey with host Anita Sethi.Read More
Go on a voyage of discovery with authors Esi Edugyan and Aida Edemariam, as they present stories about characters who are looking for a better life. Discussing their latest novels, the two award-winning writers explore the universal desire for improved circumstances and how they found inspiration in history and in characters who share an unbroken spirit. Edugyan's latest novel Washington Black tells the story of an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation whose quest for freedom takes him on an odyssey from the Canadian Arctic to the muddy streets of London.Read More
Eating is one of life's greatest pleasures. In Eat Up!, Ruby Tandoh, (a Great British Bake Off finalist) celebrates food. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden. Filled with advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book to help you fall back in love with food and put the pleasure back into eating.Read More
Sarah Perry's second novel The Essex Serpent was nominated for numerous awards and has been a huge bestseller. Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best Novel, the Encore Award and the International Dylan Thomas Prize, it was Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and won the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, 2017. She will read from her brand new novel Melmoth and discuss her writing with BBC Radio 4's James Naughtie. James Naughtie is one of our best-known broadcasters, special correspondent and books editor for BBC News. For 21 years he presented Today, and has hosted every edition of Bookclub on BBC Radio 4 since the programme began in 1998. As an author he has written books on politics and music, and two espionage novels, The Madness of July and Paris Spring.Read More
An evening of Halloween tales with Sarah Perry, Mark Haddon, Sophie Hannah, Andrew Michael Hurley and Richard MacLean Smith.Read More
veryone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. We have followed the career of Sarah Perry from her debut After me comes the Flood to the sensational best-seller The Essex Serpent and we are delighted to welcome her back for her third novel, Melmoth. Inspired by the largely forgotten nineteenth century novel of the same name, Melmoth is an exquisitely written, gripping masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world. An evening of gothic brilliance awaits...Read More
Join Lucy Popescu for a Hallowe'en evening of witches, werewolves, black magic and the supernatural, featuring spine-tingling readings from award winning children's writer Sally Gardner and acclaimed novelists Syd Moore, Beth Underdown and Cathi Unsworth Tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink. Book online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.Read More
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Sarah Perry's scintillating second novel The Essex Serpent was the smash hit of the year on its release. It took home the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year and the 2017 British Book Award prizes for Fiction Book of the Year as well as Overall Book of the Year, hitting the top of the bestseller lists thanks to its dark blend of folkloric myth and gothic sensibility. That potent mixture underpins Melmoth, Perry's brilliantly devastating new novel. For two decades Helen Franklin has hidden from the memory of something she cannot forgive herself for, but when a strange manuscript filled with tales from the darkest episodes of human history comes into her possession, her fragile, cocooned existence is jeopardised. The manuscript is haunted by the dread-inducing Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world, a silent woman in black condemned to stalk the earth and lure the guilty into a lifetime of wandering by her side. Compelled to read on despite a growing feeling that she's being watched, Helen's secrets bubble to the surface and soon she is faced with a decision: does she confront the past or not? Join Sarah Perry and BBC Arts' Serena Field for an unmissable discussion about this morally complex tale which asks hard questions about memory, mercy and redemption, transcending its gothic sources to speak urgently to our troubling times. Copies of Melmoth will be available to purchase on the night and there will be a book signing with Sarah Perry following the event.Read More
Ever since The Essex Serpent exploded onto the literary scene, Sarah Perry has been considered one of the finest voices in British fiction writing. A Sunday Times bestseller, Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, The Essex Serpent has been one of the most popular and talked-about novels of recent years. Now, Sarah has followed up on this monumental success with a lyrical, haunting treatise on loneliness, grief, guilt, and love. Drawing on the legend of Melmoth the Wanderer, Sarah transports the reader to the frost-riddled streets of modern Prague in winter. Gently, yet insistently, we are pulled back into the past, through centuries of hauntings and lifetimes of regret and shame, culminating in a contemporary mystery as the secrets of those dogged by Melmoth's presence are brought to the surface. Through Sarah's trademark sumptuously beautiful prose, the lives touched by Melmoth are laid bare, their weaknesses, strengths, fears, and passions exquisitely sketched. Eerie and soulful, Melmoth is not only a worthy successor to The Essex Serpent, it is a masterclass in fiction writing. In 2016 we were fortunate enough to host Sarah as a rising star of fiction. We are enormously proud to welcome her again as one of Britain's best-loved contemporary novelists.Read More

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