Four Times When I have Been Truly Afraid - Sarah Perry

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Best selling writer of the gothic novel Melmoth, Sarah Perry, comes to 5x15 to tell the true stories of when she has been truly afraid. Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979 and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway and has been a writer-in-residence at the Gladstone Library. From January-February 2016 she was the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her second novel, The Essex Serpent, was published in 2016 and has sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone. It has been published in over twenty territories. The Essex Serpent was nominated for numerous awards. It won the BAMB Reader Award for Beautiful Book 2016, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best Novel 2017, the Encore Award 2017, the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 and was longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. It was Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and won the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2017. Her latest book is Melmoth which Francis Spufford called: 'Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth.' Stories from the 5x15 Halloween special recorded at Conway Hall on 30th October 2018. 5x15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules - no scripts and only 15 minutes each. Learn more about 5x15 events: 5x15stories.com

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