Hosted by Sarah Moss, author of the brilliant Ghost Wall
, this promises to be one of the highlights of the 2019 calendar for literary fiction fans.
Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds; Henry Banks, a brilliant but narcissistic young actor, is prepared to go to any length for a role, to capitalise on his successes in television drama by securing the lead in the latest film by a celebrated Spanish director. He is on the brink of the next step - very close to achieving intellectual credibility and some serious celebrity. However, Henry has - unwittingly - become an important part of the life of recently-divorced Kristin: someone who is also on the brink.
Sitting in her beautiful, empty Philadelphia home, Kristin is obsessed with the handsome English actor and convinced they are destined to be together. She resolves to fly to London and bring their relationship to fruition.
Dream Sequence explores what it is to live at our current moment, with its porous borders between the inner and the outer life, and is a stunning, terrifying drama about psychological damage, stalking, and the perils of celebrity.
Slack-Tide by Elanor Dymott: 'By midsummer the thing between us was finished, and it was as if a storm had torn the roof from over me.' It is four years since the loss of a child broke her marriage, and Elizabeth is fiercely protective of her independence. She meets Robert - exuberant, generous, apparently care-free - and they fall in love with breath-taking speed.
Slack-Tide tracks the ebbs and flows of the affair: passionate, coercive, intensely sexual. When you've known lasting love and lost it, what price will you pay to find it again?
Tickets are £6 and can be partially redeemed against a book purchase at the event.