Book Club: Sarah Hall, Burntcoat

Wed 19 Jan 2022 | 7:00pm - 8:15pm

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Sarah Hall joins Alex Clark for our monthly Book Club to discuss her wonderful novel, Burntcoat.

‘A dark and brilliant novel about love, art, and fragility in a time of crisis.’ – Sarah Moss

Edith Harkness, the celebrated sculptor, is making her final preparations; her life will draw to an end in the coming days.

Downstairs, her studio, Burntcoat, is 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 doorwary into a new and feverish world.

The story of two new lovers confined, Burntcoat is a sublime and scorching experience which no reader will forget.

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Venue: Online

Duration: 75 mins

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Author Biography

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’.

Chair biography

Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of the Guardian,  Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She co-hosts the Graham Norton Book Club podcast and is a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge.

Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.

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