30 January 2020
January is so often the month of restraint and self-denial but if you are heartily sick of your detox, join novelist Scarlett Thomas at the end of month to discuss appetite and excess and her raucous new novel Oligarchy, over wine. Scarlett will be in conversation with our own Alex Peake-Tomkinson at the wonderful Second Shelf bookshop, a treasure trove of rare books, first editions & rediscovered works by women – last time we visited, we found an early copy of Little Women and a signed copy of Eartha Kitt’s memoir. This is a beautiful, intimate space and having heard Scarlett before, we know what a brilliant speaker she is. The Times has said of Oligarchy: “Wickedly funny … Thomas has great fun with the familiar components of the boarding school yarn, even as she subverts them. Her writing is spikily humorous and controlled … This jet-black novel begs to be dramatised” and we couldn’t agree more. Tickets are less than £6 — see you there.