Acclaimed British author Sarah Perry’s third novel Melmoth tells the story of an English translator self-exiled in Prague. Shadowed through the foreign city by a dark, mysterious figure who has roamed the globe for centuries, she is ultimately haunted by her own misdeeds. Marian Keyes calls Melmoth “a beautiful, devastating, brilliant book”. ABC RN’s Kate Evans speaks with Sarah about the “masterly piece of postmodern gothic” (The Observer) that addresses the toll atrocities take on those who bear witness.

Sarah Perry (International)

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Sarah Perry was born in Essex and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing and her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was published in 2014. Her second book, The Essex Serpent, was a number one bestseller and has sold more than 500,000 copies. It was nominated for numerous awards including the Costa Book Award for Best Novel and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Her third novel, Melmoth is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans is the co-host (with Cassie McCullagh) of the weekly radio show and podcast, The Bookshelf on ABC RN.