Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut is the heartbreaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well. Shortlisted for the Baileys & Wellcome Book Prizes, Stay With Me was one of the great books of the year.
Twice Booker-shortlisted Jim Crace joins us to discuss his latest novel The Melody, an ecological fable for our times. The book follows recently widowed musician Albert Busi, whose chance encounter with a strange creature has repercussions for his town that spiral quickly out of his, and everybody’s, control.
After a very public meltdown, Barry Cohen flees his life in New York for Texas in the pursuit of happiness and a second chance at love. Witty, irreverent and full of heart, Gary Shteyngart’s new novel Lake Success is a riotous, illuminating romp through Trump’s USA on a Greyhound Bus.
Celebrated novelist, and journalist Nikesh Shukla introduces a powerful new novel. Building on the themes and critical acclaim of The Good Immigrant collection Shukla edited, The One Who Wrote Destiny casts another unflinching eye on race and immigration. With wit, wisdom and sensitivity Shukla explores trauma and relationships across three generations of the Jani family.
In prose that is both lyrical and essayistic, Julian Fuks deploys a fictional self to explore the circumstances leading to his parents, a young militant couple in the resistance against the military regime in 1970s Buenos Aires, adopting a young boy before fleeing to Brazil and their life afterwards. Julian will be in conversation with his translator Daniel Hahn and Charco Press co-director Carolina Orloff.
A pervading sense of history and place as well as the inner lives of women connects Scottish writers working today: Sandra Ireland, author of Bone Deep, and Sarah Maine, author of Women of the Dunes. Join us for a discussion of their novels, writing practice and what it is like to be a female Scottish writer today.
Author Aminatta Forna, author of the Orange Prize-shortlisted The Memory of Love returns with her new novel Happiness, in which Attila and Jean, two strangers to London - and each other - share a chance encounter. Aminatta joins us to discuss this beautiful story of connection, past grief and the undercurrents of a big city.
The first of two events featuring Edinburgh publisher Charco Press and their talented authors experimenting with fiction and autobiography. In Older Brother, author Daniel Mella attempts to narrate his brother’s fatal accident and navigate his own grief by using the future tense, in a luminous exploration of brotherhood and death. With Charco co-director Carolina Orloff.
Inspired by the life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, The Dictionary of Animal Languages is the debut novel by extraordinary new talent Heidi Sopinka. From wealthy English upbringing to discovering creative fulfilment and passion in interwar Paris, we follow artist Ivory Frame from youth to old age, and how life never fails to surprise us.
Described as the ‘wild card’ on last year’s Man Booker shortlist, Elmet is a stunning work of fiction by debut author Fiona Mozley. Daniel lives with his sister Kathy, and Daddy, whose desire for a simple, peaceful life is denied to him by men with power. A gothic novel of place, violence and family.
She Called Me Woman is a groundbreaking collection of queer women's narratives -beautifully told stories of resistance and resilience, joy and laughter, heartbreaks and victories, collecting the realities of queer Nigerians who will no longer be invisible. Editor Chitra Nagarajan discusses the anthology and its challenge to ignorance and stereotypes.
Sarah Moss has garnered a reputation for writing about place, family and what makes us who we are. In her new novel, Ghost Wall, teenager Sylvie goes along with her father’s hobby: acting out Iron Age life at an experimental archaeology camp. In a literary blending of old and new, Sylvie unearths an age-old narrative of male power and female solidarity.
In 1940, during the Phoney War, a French destroyer blows up in the Firth of Clyde. Join author Neal Ascherson to explore his writing, and particularly how he captures this moment in the history of Clydeside. Atmospheric and brimming with historical detail, this novel is an unforgettable recreation of life in wartime.