Scarlett Thomas – The Sleepwalkers

You tell yourself “It’s OK, it’s OK … ” but it’s really not!

Scarlett Thomas is a tricky novelist to categorise. She has a playful, restless, sleeves-rolled-up approach to writing, in which she seldom ducks the dark turn and the big idea. And you can’t doubt her commitment. She once earned an MSc in Ethnobotany by way of research for a book.

Tim has been a fan since the intriguing and dazzling The End Of Mr Y. BooksPodcast caught up with her at her publishers in London and sat down to discuss her new book, The Sleepwalkers.

Islands, secrets, betrayals, sinister goings-on, ambiguities, night-time chases, a disastrous wedding and a fraught honeymoon, there is a hint of the gothic about The Sleepwalkers. There is also the thrilling ambiguity of the (possibly) unreliable narrators.

It’s a hell of a ride … for all concerned.

Scarlett Thomas – Scribner UK – £16.99

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About Johnny Mindlin

Johnny Mindlin, the producer, spent 10 years in high-end speech radio, producing book programmes, entertainment / review shows and politics/discussion shows. Tim Haigh is a radio presenter and broadcaster and books reviewer. He also writes for national papers on books and literature.
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