Megan Hunter introduced her debut novel in discussion with Bristol-based writer Sian Norris.
In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.
Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge. She has hitherto written poetry, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. The End We Start From is her first book.
Sian Norris is a novelist, short-story writer, poet and feminist activist. She is the founder and director of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival and the co-editor of the Read Women project. She runs the feminist blog sianandcrookedrib.blogspot.com and has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, 3am Magazine and Open Democracy. Her first book, Greta and Boris: A Daring Rescue came out in 2013. She is currently working on a novel based on the life of Gertrude Stein which in 2016 was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize.
Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.