Sarah Hall in conversation with Sarah Perry
We are delighted to welcome you back to the magnificent grounds of Dragon Hall for our first book event of 2021! Join us for a celebration marking the publication of Burntcoat — a remarkable novel of passion, connection and transformation from award-winning novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall. We believe it’s her finest work yet.
In the bedroom above her immense studio at Burntcoat, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness is making her final preparations. The symptoms are well known: her life will draw to an end in the coming days.
Downstairs, the studio is a crucible glowing with memories and desire. It was here, when the first lockdown came, that she brought Halit. The lover she barely knew. A presence from another culture. A doorway into a new and feverish world.
The story of two new lovers confined, Burntcoat is a sublime and scorching experience, an elegy burning with resistance, which no reader will forget.
Sarah will be joined in conversation by Sarah Perry, the internationally bestselling author of Melmoth, The Essex Serpent, and After Me Comes the Flood. This promises to be an evening of wit, warmth and intelligence in the company of two of our greatest living novelists.
Burntcoat will be available to purchase on the evening from our friends at The Book Hive.
As part of our COVID health and safety guidelines, we have reduced the capacity of this event. We kindly ask that audience members wear masks around the building until they are seated (unless medically exempt).
Praise for Burntcoat
‘Nobody writes like Sarah Hall, and here her lucid, vital, extraordinary style is matched perfectly to its subject – it’s an extraordinary work that will stand as a blazing witness to the age that bore it.’ — Sarah Perry
‘A dark and brilliant novel about love, art and fragility in a time of crisis.’ — Sarah Moss
‘Here are new ways to understand what it feels like to be human. Burntcoat is a masterpiece. I lay myself at the altar of everything Hall writes.’ — Daisy Johnson
‘Wonderful… Sarah Hall manages to infuse a whole novel with the intensity of one of her stories. The writing has a sense of immediacy – of going down smoking hot onto the page.’ — Andrew Miller
About the speakers
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of five novels and three short-story collections: The Beautiful Indifference, which won the Edge Hill and Portico prizes, Madame Zero, winner of the East Anglian Book Award, and Sudden Traveller, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. She is currently the only author to be four times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which she won in 2013 with ‘Mrs Fox’ and in 2020 with ‘The Grotesques’.
Sarah Perry is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Melmoth, The Essex Serpent, and After Me Comes the Flood, and the non-fiction Essex Girls. She is a winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year Award and the British Book Awards, and has been nominated for major literary prizes including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Folio Prize and the Costa Novel Award. Her essays have been widely published, and she has contributed to the Guardian, the New York Times, the Observer, and the London Review of Books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has a PhD in Creative Writing, and has been a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague, and a Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library and the Savoy Hotel in London. Her second novel, the No 1 bestseller The Essex Serpent, is currently being adapted for television, starring Claire Danes in the lead role.
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