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Portrait photograph of author Sarah Moss

Night Walking
by Sarah Moss

The Author

Sarah Moss is senior lecturer in Literature and Place at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus. She spent 2009-10 teaching creative writing and nineteenth-century literature at the University of Iceland, and has a BA, MSt and DPhil from Oxford University. Her first novel Cold Earth was published by Granta in 2010. Night Waking is her second novel, which has taken cult status amongst reading groups with its witty and interesting take on the challenges of parenting against the backdrop of a tense thriller. Her next book is a non-fiction travelogue based on her experience of moving her family to Iceland during a year-long post as visiting lecturer at the University of Reykavik.

Praise for Sarah Moss

'Highly enjoyable... The upbeat conclusion to this blend of middle-class satire, historical fiction and campus novel does not soften Moss's withering take on sexism and her stark view of motherhood'

The Plot

Anna Bennett and her insomniac toddler, precocious, death-obsessed seven-year-old, and frequently absent ecologist husband are spending the summer on Colsay, a desolate island in the Hebrides. Ferociously sleep-deprived and torn between mothering and her desire for the pleasures of work and solitude, Anna becomes haunted by the discovery of a baby's skeleton in the garden of their house. Her narrative is punctuated by letters home, written 200 years before, by May, a young, middle-class midwife desperately trying to introduce modern medicine to the suspicious, insular islanders. The lives of these two characters intersect unexpectedly in this deeply moving but also at times blackly funny story about maternal ambivalence, the way we try to control children, and about women's vexed and passionate relationship with work.

Portrait photograph of author Liza Klaussmann

Tigers in Red Weather
by Liza Klaussmann

The Author

Liza Klaussmann worked as a journalist for the New York Times for over a decade. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Barnard College, Columbia University where she was awarded the Howard M. Teichman Prize for Prose. She lived in Paris for ten years and she recently completed with distinction an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, in London, where she now resides. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Moby Dick's creator Herman Melville. Her first novel Tigers in Red Weather, was the subject of an eight-way auction battle, eventually selling for a seven-figure sum to Little Brown in the US. The foreign rights have been sold in 18 territories, and the novel will be translated into over a dozen languages.

Praise for Liza Klaussmann

'Summers are made for novels like Liza Klaussmann's debut, a sophisticated page-turner where danger and pain throb in every tight-lipped silence, every casually cruel remark, every misinterpreted gesture...'
Sunday Telegraph

The Plot

Tigers in Red Weather traces the lives of five characters over two generations, from the close of the Second World War to the late 1960s. Klaussmann has written a simmering novel revealing the passion, betrayal and secret violence hidden beneath the polished and fragile façade of America's upper classes. Summer heat, sun-bleached boat decks and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard crumple under the weight of the hostile battle scars of the men returning home from the War. Then, on the brink of the 1960s, the discovery of a murder victim on the family estate forces out secrets that will change the lives of this family forever.

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