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Clare Hall Book Club

Date: Monday 5 August 2024, 8pm
Location: Clare Hall Meeting Room, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL
Join the College’s Book Club as they discuss Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, award-winning author of six novels and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, England.

Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss’s sixth novel, is further proof that she’s one of our very best contemporary novelists … It’s an intoxicating concoction; inventive, intelligent, and like no other author’s work… beautifully evocative’–The Independent

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.

About the Author

Sarah Moss is the author of eight novels., most recently The Fell and Summerwater. Her memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Her novels include Summerwater, Cold EarthNight WakingBodies of Light (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), Signs for Lost Children  (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), The Tidal Zone (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) and Ghost Wall, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019. She was born in Glasgow, grew up in the north of England and now lives in Ireland, where she teaches on the MFA and MA creative writing programmes at University College Dublin.