Sarah Moss’ latest work of fiction, inspired by a Festival residency in Hexham, is a novel about the intoxication of power, cults, nationalist myths, feminism and domestic violence, clever teenagers, and Northern Britain in the 90s. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful, a girl with a smart mouth narrates her own difficult history as well as that of Britain. A portrait of male behaviour, subtle class warfare and the solidarity of women, part thriller, part adolescent awakening, part wry elegy to the natural world, Ghost Wall asks what we might sacrifice in public to salve a private wound.

Chaired by Liv Chapman

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