Sarah Perry: Melmoth

Sarah Perry will be in conversation with Dan Vyleta as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival. 

The Studio, Birmingham

Saturday 12th October, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading


About the Event

Sarah Perry is one of the UK’s most celebrated novelists, and her second novel The Essex Serpent was a Sunday Times bestseller and Waterstones Book Of the Year 2016. Here she talks about her latest release Melmoth.

Melmoth is watching and she’s coming for the guilty.

One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin encounters her friend Karel, half-mad with fear. He has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with testimonies that speak to Helen from 17th-century England, wartime Czechoslovakia, the sweat-soaked streets of Manila and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing a terrible message. Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.

A chilling, compulsive read, Sarah Perry’s third novel Melmoth is a haunting, Gothic tale of ordinary people making seemingly small decisions that lead to terrible consequences.

Melmoth will make you think, make you gasp, and make you question what you think you know.

Venue Information

The Studio
Birmingham Rep
Broad Street
B1 2EP
United Kingdom
Phone: 0121 236 4455

About the Book


Sarah Perry

Publisher:Profile Books Ltd

Publication date:2 Oct 2018


4.09 out of 5
13 reviews
Literary Review
"a novel to admire, not cherish"
"a vivid study of pain and of the nature of fear"
Financial Times
"Perry produces work that is substantial but also light of touch, filled with ambiguity, doubt and moral seriousness, and at the same time pacy, droll, vivid"
New Statesman
"This is a very good, very enjoyable, very moving and very subtle novel"
The Scotsman
"a beguiling, atmospheric slice of gothic fiction"
"This fantastical ghost story is a horror show"
The Sunday Times
"a great read, but not a great novel"
The Spectator
"Arguably the most eagerly awaited novel of the year, Sarah Perry’s supremely assured follow-up to The Essex Serpent is a singular creature."
Daily Mail
"'at once hugely readable and profoundly important'"
The Guardian