We’re always thrilled to find a brilliant new novelist to introduce and we’re delighted to be bringing a huge new talent to Dulwich. Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright and children’s novelist. Her first novel for adults The Mercies is being published by Picador in February.
Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials, The Mercies is a breath-taking story of love, evil, and obsession, at the ever dark edge of civilisation. On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend, and fish, for themselves.
The novel has been widely praised in advance of its publication: “The Mercies took my breath away. A beautifully rendered portrait of a community, a landscape, a relationship, I read it with equal parts hope and dread. Kiran has masterfully built up an incredible claustrophobic atmosphere, shot through with delicate intimacy. On finishing it I pressed the book to me, hoping to absorb some of her skill.” – Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Kiran will be talking about her work and the writing process – join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight to one of the year’s most talked about novels.
27 College Road,Dulwich,London,SE21 7BG
Thursday, 27 February 2020 7:30PM - 9:00PM