Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised novels including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl.
Deborah Levy and Elif Shafak talk to Gaby Wood about their hot new fiction.
Monday, 27 February 2017
This event took place on Monday 27th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk explores the strange and sometimes monstrous nature of womanhood through the opposing figures of mother and daughter. Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, this is a delirious fairy tale of feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless.
As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's enigmatic wife allow her to remain? Deborah Levy talks about about her 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, Swimming Home.