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Gabriel Tallent and Fiona Mozley in conversation

Thursday 13th September 18:30 at London - Piccadilly

Gabriel Tallent (My Absolute Darling) and Fiona Mozley (Elmet) will be joining us to discuss their debut novels, the depths of the bond between parent and child, the extreme yet fragile possibilities of those relationships, and how violent familial dynamics may reflect unsettling societal observations.

Gabriel Tallent's “brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising” My Absolute Darling was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 and was Waterstones’ Book of the Month in July. Following the survival tactics of 14 year old Turtle Alveston in the face of physical and emotional trauma, Tallent’s story is simultaneously gut-wrenching and intolerable, whilst also inexplicably thrilling and inspiring.

Fiona Mozley's debut Elmet was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. It offers a lyrical, atmospheric reflection on family and landscape; a rural noir drawing upon Mozley's own Medievalist background, and the simplicity and longing associated with home. Embedded in her writing are strands of gothic tradition; repression, depravity, and immorality which serve to create a vividly unique 'pastoral idyll, political expose and horror tale'.

This event will be chaired by Joe Haddow. Joe is a radio producer, presenter, writer and literary event chair. He hosts the Man Booker Prize and Book Off! podcasts, regularly contributes to Scoop magazine, and is the Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club.

Both Gabriel and Fiona write to uncover the boundaries which contain and shape family ties, imagining the chaos when these are discarded; join us for what promises to be a truly fascinating evening.

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 13th September 18:30

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