Secret Histories: Damian Barr with Sarah Perry
Damian Barr with Sarah Perry, on his latest novel, You Will Be Safe Here
Damian Barr discusses his latest novel with Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent. You Will Be Safe Here is set in South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.
Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist.
Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher’s Britain, was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’, Sunday Times ‘Memoir of the Year’.
Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979, and was raised as a Strict Baptist. Having studied English at Anglia Ruskin University she worked as a civil servant before studying for an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative Writing and the Gothic at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2004 she won the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Award for travel writing.
Sarah’s first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was published by Serpent’s Tail in June 2014 to international critical acclaim.
Her second novel, The Essex Serpent, was published by Serpent’s Tail in May 2016. It was a number one bestseller in hardback, and was named Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. She currently lives in Norwich, Her third novel, Melmoth, was published in October 2018.
April 3rd, 7pm, Dulwich Books
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