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Sudden Traveller

Publication date: November 2019




Sudden Traveller
Sarah Hall

Publication date: November 2019

Sudden Traveller is Sarah Hallís third story collection. Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism and existential quest, these new stories travel far afield in location and ambition.

From Turkish forests to rain-drenched Cumbrian villages, Hallís characters walk, drive, dream and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love. Science fiction meets folktale and philosophy meets mortality.

A woman with a new generation of pacemaker chooses to shut it down in the Lakeland, the site of her strongest memories; a man repatriated in the near east hears the name of an old love called and must unpack historyís dark suitcase; from the new world-waves of female anger and resistance, a mythical creature evolves; and in the woods on the border between warring countries, an old well facilitates a dictatorís downfall, before he gains power.

In what has become her most powerful form of narration, Hall opens channels in the human mind and spirit and stands with the reader at the very edge of our possible selves.




Sudden Traveller US cover Sudden Traveller Proof copies available from Faber & Faber.

Events to promote Sudden Traveller will take place during Autumn 2019.

Sudden Traveller was shortlisted for the BBC short story award 2018.


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