Adam Scovell

Novel Writers: Adam Scovell

Mothlight

Novel Writers/
Thu 22 August 2019

Novel Writers: Adam Scovell

Mothlight

Adam Scovell
Thu 22 August 2019,

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

Steeped in dusty melancholy and analogue shadows, Adam Scovell’s Mothlight is an uncanny story of grief, memory and the price of obsession.

Phyllis Ewans, a prominent researcher in Lepidoptera and a keen walker, has died of old age. Thomas, a much younger fellow researcher of moths first met Phyllis when he was a child. He became her carer and companion, having rekindled her acquaintance in later life.

Increasingly possessed by thoughts that he somehow actually is Phyllis Ewans, and unable to rid himself of the feeling that she is haunting him, Thomas must discover her secrets through her many possessions and photographs, before he is lost permanently in a labyrinth of memories long past.

An eerily compelling book reminiscent of Arthur Machen, in which the self dissolves into the flapping of flimsy wings.

 Luke Turner, author of Out Of The Woods

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