In her charming memoir Bookworm
, Lucy Mangan revisits her childhood reading with love, wit and gratitude. We’re thrilled to present the very first look at Melmoth, the dazzling and dark new novel from Sarah Perry. Graham Norton returns to a rural Ireland seething with secrets as he launches the completely compelling A Keeper
And the divine and divinely talented Patrick Gale returns to Salon to unveil his brilliant sad-funny comedy of survival, Take Nothing With You.
When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. Okay, they’re still everything - Salonistas feel just the same way!
In Bookworm, Lucy relives her best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they continue to shape her life and ours. Prepare to be whisked away again to Narnia and Wonderland!
For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure of Melmoth the Witness has wandered the globe, seeking those whose complicity have led humanity to its darkest moments. Helen Franklin comes across this legend while working as a literary translator in present day Prague.
She’s quick to dismiss it as superstition but soon begins to feel she’s being watched… Terrifying and beautiful, Sarah Perry’s hugely inventive novel forces us to think deeply about our capacity for good and evil and how they often intertwine. Melmoth is coming. What will you do?
Graham Norton returns to rural Ireland for his second novel: A Keeper. Buncarragh is a hard place to keep things hidden but the distinctly unmarried Patricia Keane went to her grave without revealing the identity of her daughter’s father. Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother's funeral, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters that may at last reveal her past… A Keeper is completely compelling and all about secrets.
We’re delighted Graham is joining Salon to reveal just a few of them.
Patrick Gale is one of Britain’s best-loved writers and a beloved Salon star. We’re delighted he’s back to unveil Take Nothing With You - his sixteenth novel!
Comedy and tragedy collide as fifty-something Eustace, a Londoner of leisure, falls hopelessly in love with a man he’s yet to meet in the flesh and discovers that he has cancer. In the same week. While receiving treatment, Eustace listens endlessly to cello music which takes him back to his eccentric 1970s boyhood when his life was transfigured, and his family shattered, by the decision to attend a recital by the glamorous cellist, Carla Gold.
AND Ella Berthoud, co-author of the Novel Cure
, will be offering much-needed complementary bibliotherapy!
Start drinking in the glamour when the doors open at 6pm. The Salon starts at 7pm. We finish around 9.30pm but you’re very welcome to stay and drink or slip upstairs to Kaspar’s to eat—we’ve added dinner tickets.
Early bird tickets are still just £10.
Standard tickets are £20.
For £56 you score one ticket AND a two-course dinner menu in Kaspar’s (DELICIOUS! We’ll all be there after).
£77 buys you a pair of tickets AND a bottle of wine.
All plus booking fees.
Tickets are seated or standing--doors open at 6pm, early arrivals swoop on seats. We will release more tickets on the day. The glamorous Lancaster Ballroom is ours until the wee hours so you needn’t dash off.
The Savoy has long been loved by the literary world. Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham and countless others have enjoyed the hotel’s hospitality since it opened in 1889.
So, You, the Savoy, the Salon: stomp to it!
As always, your salonnière,