“I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.” – Ian McEwan
Many of us come to classic literature via this curiously under-appreciated form – the greatest works of Orwell, Hemingway and Kafka were not concerned with an 80,000+ word count. Two trailblazers bucking the trend for mega-novels discuss the form with critic and broadcaster Alex Clark. Come and find out whether you think that novellas (novels with fewer pages) are the perfect form of fiction by listening to writers known for the power of their readings.
Megan Hunter’s intense, elliptical debut The End We Start From depicts first-time motherhood during an environmental cataclysm: “Virginia Woolf does cli-fi” (The Independent).
Cynan Jones’s five hypnotic, terse fictions have drawn much acclaim. His most recent, Cove, was described as “a haunting meditation on trauma and human fragility” (Financial Times).
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