Rebels and Runaways - meet the new tribe of literary anti-heroines.
Female characters in literature are all too often victimised or vilified, something that has only become more frequent with the rise of grip-lit. But what if there were more than one side to every story and more than one side to every young woman?
Join three masters of suspense, E. Lockhart, Emily Barr and S. K. Wright as they discuss the emergence of this genre in YA; the need for nuance in female characterisation; and how these narratives present not only a license to thrill but are key to exploring the darker corners of human experience, family, and societal issues.
E. Lockhart is the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars and now Genuine Fraud, a suspenseful new psychological thriller following the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. Genuine Fraud will soon be a major motion picture produced by stars of HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
S. K. Wright is an award-winning author who has previously published novels for both teenagers and adults under her real name, Sam Mills. Sam studied English at Oxford and now works in publishing and lives in London. It Ends With You is her debut book under the name S. K. Wright. A chilling, modern thriller inspired by Making a Murderer, that asks readers to play detective on a disturbing high school murder case that will confront and consume on every level.
Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, which gave her an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller that won the WH Smiths New Talent Award. Her first YA thriller The One Memory Of Flora Banks has been translated into 26 languages and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. Emily's second YA thriller The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black, which takes place in the sun-soaked favelas of Rio de Janeiro, was published in 2018. Her next novel The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods will publish in May 2019. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.