Samantha Harvey’s debut novel about one man’s gradual disintegration from Alzheimer’s, The Wilderness, was showered with critical acclaim: longlisted for the Booker, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and Guardian First Book Award, it won the AMI Literature Award and the Betty Trask prize. Yep, it’s pretty good.
If a book from the point of view of an Alzheimer’s sufferer sounds depressing and confusing, it’s neither – more like a beautiful and life-affirming mystery as you slowly piece together his story from the fragments of memory. It’s also gorgeously written, very warm and full of empathy.
Samantha lives in Bath and has completed postgraduate courses in philosophy and in creative writing. She’ll be joined by Jake Wallis Simons (which could be confusing, as the main character in The Wilderness is also called Jake!) to talk about their books at the Cafe of Good Hope.
See Samantha and Jake on Monday 12th September at 7.30pm – the events page has more details and links to online booking.