James Scudamore and Evie Wyld in Conversation with Alex Preston – Tuesday 24th March, 7pm

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James Scudamore and Evie Wyld discuss their latest books with author and journalist Alex Preston at Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop.

Two authors whose highly-anticipated new novels will be published this March join us to the common themes of their books.

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When ten-year-old Max is sent to boarding school, his idyllic childhood comes to an abrupt end. Away from the magical freedom of his grandfather’s farm, a world of unfathomable rules and arbitrary punishment awaits. But so too does the companionship of a close-knit group of classmates.

 
Later, as Max and his friends face down adulthood, a dark secret from their schooldays is revealed, drawing them together in unforeseen ways. Who knew what, and when? And who is now willing to see justice done, regardless of the cost to themselves?

 
Spanning several decades, English Monsters is a story of bonds between men – some nurturing, others devastating. It explores what happens when care is outsourced in the name of building resilience and character, and presents a beautiful and moving portrait of friendship.

 
Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has for centuries borne witness to the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries, the fates of three women are inextricably linked to this place and to each other.

 
Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing for her life.

 
Ruth, in the aftermath of the Second World War, is navigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the local community.

 
Six decades later, Viv, still mourning the death of her father, is cataloguing Ruth’s belongings in the now-empty house

 
As each woman’s story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that their choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men who seek to control them. But in sisterhood there is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with anger and heart – a devastating indictment of the violence that men have inflicted on women throughout the ages

 
James Scudamore is the author of the novels Wreaking, Heliopolis, and The Amnesia Clinic. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award and been nominated for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Booker Prize.

 
Evie Wyld was born in London and grew up in Australia and South London. Her first two novels, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, and All the Birds, Signging were published to widespread acclaim and received multiple prize wins and nominations. She runs Review, an independent bookshop in Peckham, and is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Kent.