Burntcoat – Sarah Hall


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The new novel from the twice Booker Prize-nominated Sarah Hall.

An electrifying novel of passion, connection and transformation from “a writer of show-stopping genius” (The Guardian)

”In many ways … Burntcoat feels like a culmination of Hall’s work and, in my opinion, it is her finest yet” – Ruth Gilligan, The Independent

“Burntcoat is a book full of wisdom about the crisis of our times” – Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times
“Burntcoat hovers somewhere between the literal truth and what, during the worst moments of the pandemic, many of us feared the truth might be”Claire Allfree, The Times

“You were the last one here before I closed the door of Burntcoat, before we all shut our doors. In the bedroom above her immense studio at Burntcoat, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness is making her final preparations. The symptoms are well known: her life will draw to an end in the coming days. Downstairs, the studio is a crucible glowing with memories and desire. It was here, when the first lockdown came, that she brought Halit. The lover she barely knew. A presence from another culture. A doorway into a new and feverish world.” (Excerpt)

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‘On the first day of lockdown in March last year I woke up very early and started writing. That morning, everything felt eerily shrouded and in jeopardy. I remember a similar feeling from childhood. You’d wake to heavy silence, a sense of event. Some spring snow would have obliterated the valley overnight, and you’d have to dig out. Every morning, I got up and wrote while it was still dark. I was homeschooling my daughter, so I only had those hours. I’m not saying I was particularly equipped. But some part of me – a kind of first responder – wanted to work. I’ve been heartbroken by the last year, in so many ways. We all are. Like Burntcoat’s protagonist, I know art can’t really offer a cure. But I had to write this book.’

Author: Sarah Hall
Title: Burntcoat
Publisher: Faber
ISBN: 9780571329311
Original Publication Date: 07/10/21
This Edition Published: 07/10/21
Binding: Hardback, 224pp

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