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March 28 @ 7:00 pm
  • Discussion
  • Fiction

Essex Book Club Symposium

Sarah Moss and Carolyn Kirby
Photo of Sarah Moss (c) Sophie Davidson

Venue:

Chelmsford Library, County Hall, Market Road
Chelmsford, CM1 1QH
Tickets:
£7
£5 concessions (27 years and under)
Book

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Join members of book groups from across Essex to hear from Sarah Moss, whose sixth novel Ghost Wall explores the intoxication of power and Northern Britain in the 90s. Sarah will be joined by Carolyn Kirby talking about her stunning debut The Conviction of Cora Burns, a heart-breaking journey through Victorian Birmingham about violence, and nature vs nurture.

Sarah Moss‘ sixth novel Ghost Wall follows Seventeen-year-old Silvie who is spending the summer in an experimental archaeology camp in Northumberland with her parents. Ghost Wall is about the intoxication of power, cults and groupthink, nationalist myths, feminism and domestic violence, clever teenagers, and Northern Britain in the 90s. Sarah Moss has once again written a gripping story about who we are, with a storyline reminiscent of the best British dramas.

sarahmoss.org

I have never read a novel this slender that holds inside it quite so much. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful, a girl with a smart mouth narrates her own difficult history as well as that of Britain. A portrait of male behaviour, subtle class warfare and the solidarity of women, part thriller, part adolescent awakening, part wry elegy to the natural world, it asks what we might sacrifice in public to salve a private wound…as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again. JESSIE BURTON

Sarah will be joined by Carolyn Kirby talking about her stunning debut The Conviction of Cora Burns, a heart-breaking journey through Victorian Birmingham which questions where we first learn violence: from our scars or from our hearts.

Birmingham, 1885: born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her. Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora…?

noexit.co.uk/cora-burns

The Conviction of Cora Burns is tense and pacey with the rare combination of driving plot as well as deep emotion. The twists and reveals are deftly handled and at one point Carolyn damn near broke my heart. The theme of nature versus nurture is often explored but is done so here with fresh energy and zeal. DARCY NICHOLSON, Daniel Goldsmith First Novel Prize judge

 

Venue

Chelmsford Library
County Hall, Market Road
Chelmsford, CM1 1QH
033301 32634

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Hearing Loop: Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which can be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]