Melmoth (Paperback)
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Melmoth (Paperback)

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Published: 03/10/2019
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Waterstones Says

Following former Waterstones Book of the Year, The Essex Serpent, was always going to be a tall order but Sarah Perry succeeds gloriously with this bold and eerie recasting of Charles Maturin's gothic classic, Melmoth the Wanderer. As a silent, lonely figure with bleeding feet stalks the guilty and conscience-racked, Melmoth provides a chilling portrait of life poised between absolution and the darkness that calls.

Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

After the success of her tour-de-force novel, The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry returns with Melmoth, a profound, ambitiously realised work of fiction which asks fundamental questions about guilt, forgiveness, moral reckoning and how we come to terms with our actions in a conflicted world.

Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change.

A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.

Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.

Melmoth takes its title from Charles Maturin's 1820 Gothic novel, Melmoth the Wanderer. Long considered an overlooked classic, its a composite novel, layering story within story to build up a picture of a man doomed to wander, a man who sold his soul to the devil for 150 extra years of life and is paying the price.

We at Waterstones have been championing Sarah Perry's writing from her eerily chilling and original first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, to the brilliance of her Waterstones Book of the Year-winning masterpiece, The Essex Serpent. Perry's prose could spin gold from flax, but this new project, which encompasses gothic influences and tackles essential notions of faith and redemption, promises to cement Perry's reputation as one of the finest novelists of our time.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788160674
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 200 x 128 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Sarah Perry stands out as an exhilaratingly bold storyteller - Mail on Sunday

Scary and smart, but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of love and will. - Washington Post

Rich, elegant and atmospheric - Irish Times

A novel that manages that vanishingly rare feat - being at once hugely readable and profoundly important - Observer

Mythic, ominous and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways - Frances Hardinge

This is a beautiful, devastating, brilliant book. It affected me so much I was shaking after I read it. The exquisite, immersive writing compelled me to keep reading even through the horrors described. - Marian Keyes

Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth - Francis Spufford

Sarah Perry is a wonderful writer, the real thing - Susan Hill

Atmospheric and unsettling, Perry's version works on one level as a creepy ghost story, but its greater purpose is to pose hard questions about suffering, redemption, complicity and our responsibilities to each other. - Alastair Mabbott, The Herald

The rich Gothic imagination of Perry's bestselling The Essex Serpent is on sparkling form here, as Melmoth wanders across centuries and continents, linking the stories of all who encounter her in a gloriously multi-layered narrative which is both chilling and redemptive. - Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

An ominous story of creeping dread, perfect for the lengthening evenings - Keeba Roy, The Mail on Sunday

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