Gabriel Tallent's brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising My Absolute Darling
was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 and was Waterstones Book of the Month in July. Following the survival tactics of 14 year old Turtle Alveston in the face of physical and emotional trauma, Tallent's story is simultaneously gut-wrenching and intolerable, whilst also inexplicably thrilling and inspiring.
Fiona Mozley's debut Elmet was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018. It offers a lyrical, atmospheric reflection on family and landscape; a rural noir drawing upon Mozley's own Medievalist background, and the simplicity and longing associated with home. Embedded in her writing are strands of gothic tradition; repression, depravity, and immorality which serve to create a vividly unique 'pastoral idyll, political expose and horror tale'.
Both Gabriel and Fiona write to uncover the boundaries which contain and shape family ties, imagining the chaos when these are discarded; join us for what promises to be a truly fascinating evening.