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Salley Vickers – The Golding Speaker

October 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Salley Vickers - The Boy Who Could See Death coverWe are very proud that Salley Vickers will be our 2015 Golding Speaker, our tribute to Marlborough’s greatest literary son, William Golding.

Salley’s first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel, was notable as a word-of-mouth bestseller rather than being the result of a publisher’s marketing push, prefiguring the social media age. Just one thousand imprints were originally published, yet it has since clocked up sales well in advance of one million.

“The great writers are great psychologists” according to Salley who was, amongst other things, a Jungian psychoanalyst before becoming an author. She is insistent that she learned more about the human condition from her English degree than from her professional training. Tolstoy, Dickens, George Eliot, Conrad, Dostoyevsky and Henry James are cited to support her case.

Salley’s most recent novel, The Cleaner of Chartres, was Robert McCrum’s Book of The Year 2012 in The Observer. Her new book of short stories is The Boy Who Could See Death.


October 2, 2015
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Assembly Room, Town Hall