Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Mahsuda Snaith & Xan Brooks – Hiscox Debut Authors

October 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Sponsored by Hiscox

Two debut novelists – both included in this year’s prestigious Observer New Faces of Fiction.

Ever since her best friend disappeared ten years ago, Ravine has lain in bed in a council flat and, plagued by chronic pain syndrome, isn’t planning to move. Mahsuda Snaith’s The Things We Thought We Knew is a knowing portrayal of estate life.
Born in Luton to Bengali parents, Mahsuda has lived in Leicester since the age of six. ‘My experience of growing up was that there were lots of brilliant, eccentric people, and a sense of community.’ The beautifully rounded characters will appeal to fans of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

You may not imagine that the disturbing events in The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks can be taken from reality, but they are. Four ex-soldiers from the First World War, named after characters from The Wizard of Oz, and a group of four teenagers meet every Sunday night in Epping Forest. It is not immediately obvious why, and it is not comforting to find out.

Xan spent his rude youth as part of the founding editorial team of the The Big Issue magazine and his respectable middle period as an associate editor at the Guardian, specialising in film.

Mahsuda Snaith & Xan Brooks will be in conversation with Caroline Sanderson, a non-fiction writer, editor and books journalist.


October 1, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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