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Burntcoat by Sarah Hall

Publication date: October 2021

Sarah Hall

Publication date: October 2021

You were the last one here, before I closed the door of Burntcoat. Before we all shut our doors.

A remarkable novel of passion, connection and transformation from award-winning novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall.

In the bedroom above her immense studio at Burntcoat, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness is making her final preparations. The symptoms are well known: her life will draw to an end in the coming days.

Downstairs, the studio is a crucible glowing with memories and desire. It was here, when the first lockdown came, that she brought Halit. The lover she barely knew. A presence from another culture. A doorway into a new and feverish world.

The story of two new lovers confined, Burntcoat is a sublime and scorching experience, an elegy burning with resistance, which no reader will forget.

Early Reviews

'Nobody writes like Sarah Hall, and here her lucid, vital, extraordinary style is matched perfectly to its subject – it's an extraordinary work that will stand as a blazing witness to the age that bore it.'
Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

'A dark and brilliant novel about love, art and fragility in a time of crisis.'
Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater

'Here are new ways to understand what it feels like to be human. Burntcoat is a masterpiece. I lay myself at the altar of everything Hall writes.'
Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters

'Wonderful... Sarah Hall manages to infuse a whole novel with the intensity of one of her stories. The writing has a sense of immediacy - of going down smoking hot onto the page.'
Andrew Miller, author of Pure

'I can think of no other British writer whose talent so consistently thrills, surprises and staggers. Sarah Hall’s work has everything: drama, poetry, tension, sensuality, dark magic and that undefinable otherness that is unique to her. She is the best there is ... With Burntcoat she has solidified her status as the literary shining light we lesser souls aspire to.'
Benjamin Myers, author of The Offing

'Sarah Hall makes language shimmer and burn. She’s not afraid of big themes and has the talent to back up her ambition, but she’s just as good at the intimate and domestic... One of the finest writers at work today.'
Damon Galgut, author of The Promise

Event Dates

Saturday 25 September
University of Cumbria launch event - in person

Friday 8 October
Lancaster Literature Festival - online

Saturday 9 October
Cheltenham Literature Festival, wth Lauren Groff - in person

Saturday 23 October
Dragon Hall/Norwich Writing Centre - in person

Wednesday 27 October
Toppings St Andrews - in person

Thursday 28 October
Toppings Edinburgh - in person

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