4th Aug 2010
Guardian Book Club with Sarah Waters
Hosted by UCL professor John Mullan, Guardian Review Book Club dispels the tatty-paperbacks-and-tea stereotype that surrounds literary gatherings. A new novel is examined each month via weekly columns, a live Q&A session with the author and a final column consisting of reader comments and discussion. And if you think that’s impressive, just take a look at the past authors: Jonathan Safran Foer, David Mitchell, AS Byatt and other best-selling novelists have all been involved so far.
This month Guardian Review Book Club are taking a look at The Little Stranger, the most recent novel by Sarah Waters. Set in post-WWII Warwickshire, the story is told by the local GP who visits the increasingly decrepit mansion of the Ayres family. The mother, daughter and son residing there are struggling to keep their grand home and way of life but it becomes clear that something very sinister is troubling the family.
The Little Stranger is more than an unsettling and spooky story (you’ll sleep with the light on); with it’s examination of class identity in post-war Britain and the reliability of the protagonist being called into question, there’s plenty there to discuss.
The Q&A session and book signing takes place at Kings Place, London on Tuesday 10th August and tickets are £9.50 if you book in advance. The Little Stranger can be purchased for a mere £4 from Amazon, if you fancy brushing up before the event.
Post by Alex Sheppard