One of the country’s foremost writers of novels and short stories Tessa Hadley, winner of the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and author of critically-acclaimed novels Clever Girl, The London Train and The Past. Her seventh novel Late in the Day was published in February to rapturous reviews. Late in the Day explores the tangled webs at the centre of our most intimate relationships, to expose how beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives lie infinite alternate configurations. Her moet recent paperback, The Past, is set in Somerset where Four siblings meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. But under the idyllic surface lie shattering tensions. ‘Few writers give me such consistent pleasure’ Zadie Smith.
Virginia Baily’s, The Fourth Shore is an ‘emotionally rewarding novel so succulent with detail that you can almost feel the Tripoli sand storms whipping across your face’ (Daily Mail). It is the intensely poignant story of Liliana’s journey from Rome to Tripoli to a north London suburb where, as plain Lily Jones, she begins to uncover a secret she has buried so deeply that even she is far from certain what it is. When Liliana first sets off for North Africa, she is sure she’s on the brink of a great adventure, but what awaits her is not the Mediterranean idyll of cocktail parties, smart dances, dashing officers and romantic intrigues she imagined but a world of persecution, violence, and deceptions both great and small. Virginia’s previous novel, Early One Morning, a Sunday Times bestseller, was described as ‘A big, generous and absorbing piece of storytelling’ Samantha Harvey, Guardian. ‘A real treat’ Philip Hensher, Observer. Tickets: £8