Join Sarah Perry, author of international bestseller The Essex Serpent, as she talks about her new novel Melmoth, a chilling and deeply moving book that speaks urgently to our times.
Melmoth tells the story of Helen Franklin, who 20 years ago did something for which she cannot forgive herself. As Helen’s past finally catches up with her, she must make a choice – to live with what she’s done, or be led into the darkness by Melmoth the Witness.
Gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.
Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent won Waterstones Book of the Year in 2016 and both Fiction Book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year in 2017 at the British Book Awards.
Chaired by Professor Simon James, Durham University