Acclaimed author, Sarah Moss, talks to Durham Book Festival about her new novel Summerwater.
An exploration of our capacity for cruelty and kinship in these divided times, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish Highlands. On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.
One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night falls.
Sarah Moss is the author of seven novels, including Ghost Wall which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and longlisted for the Women’s Prize.
Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North.
Buy Summerwater here.