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Melmoth By Sarah Perry

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Melmoth by Sarah Perry

'Hugely readable and profoundly important ... Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century' The Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE OBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'Beautiful, devastating, brilliant' Marian Keyes 'Astonishingly dark ... exquisitely balanced' Francis Spufford 'Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy' Susan Hill 'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human' Frances Hardinge 'Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising' Melissa Harrison 'Striking and brave, ... moving and terribly beautiful' Sam Guglani Oh my friend, won't you take my hand - I've been so lonely! One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin meets her friend Karel on the street. Agitated and enthralled, he tells her he has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with personal testimonies that take them from 17th-century England to wartime Czechoslovakia, the tropical streets of Manila, and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing an unforgettable message. Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.

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Sarah Perry stands out as an exhilaratingly bold storyteller * Mail on Sunday *
Scary and smart, but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of love and will. * Washington Post *
Rich, elegant and atmospheric * Irish Times *
A novel that manages that vanishingly rare feat - being at once hugely readable and profoundly important * Observer *
Mythic, ominous and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways -- Frances Hardinge
This is a beautiful, devastating, brilliant book. It affected me so much I was shaking after I read it. The exquisite, immersive writing compelled me to keep reading even through the horrors described. -- Marian Keyes
Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth -- Francis Spufford
Sarah Perry is a wonderful writer, the real thing -- Susan Hill
Atmospheric and unsettling, Perry's version works on one level as a creepy ghost story, but its greater purpose is to pose hard questions about suffering, redemption, complicity and our responsibilities to each other. -- Alastair Mabbott * The Herald *

About Sarah Perry


Sarah Perry is the author of The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes the Flood. She has been the UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence in Prague and a Gladstone's Library writer-in-residence. Her work has been translated into twenty two languages.

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GOR010288885
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Sarah Perry
Used - Like New
Paperback
Profile Books Ltd
2019-10-03
288
1788160673
9781788160674
Short-listed for Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 (UK) Short-listed for Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 (UK) Long-listed for International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019 (UK)
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.