Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood

Novel Writers/
Thu 29 January 2015

Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood

Thu 29 January 2015,

Each month Spike Island invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. Extracts from the texts are available in advance and topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and wonderful books. In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

One hot summer’s day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind. He shuts up the bookshop no one ever comes to and drives out of London. When his car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents welcome him with open arms – but there’s more to this strange community than meets the eye. They all know him by name, they’ve prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along. As nights and days pass John finds himself drawn into a baffling menagerie. There is Hester, their matriarchal, controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings full of child-like wonder and delusions; the mercurial Eve; Elijah – a faithless former preacher haunted by the Bible; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John?

Elegant, gently sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes The Flood is a haunting and hypnotic debut novel by a brilliant new voice.

‘Perry is adept at peeling back the skin to reveal a detailed anatomy of psychological motivation. A gripping, memorable, impressive debut.’ – Holly Williams, The Independent

(photo credit Esther Ling)

 

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