Zoë Somerville in conversation with Mary Guiver
The Marsh House
Part ghost story, part suspense novel, ‘The Marsh House’ is the haunting second novel from the author of ‘The Night of the Flood’, in which two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a mysterious house on the North Norfolk coast.
December 1962. Desperate to create a happy Christmas for her young daughter, Franny, after a disastrous year, Malorie rents a remote house on the Norfolk coast. Once there, the strained silence between them feels louder than ever. As Malorie digs for decorations in the attic, she comes across the notebooks of the teenage Rosemary, who lived in the house thirty years before. Trapped inside by a blizzard, and with long days and nights ahead of her, Malorie begins to read. Though she knows she needs to focus on the present, she finds herself inexorably drawn into the past…
July 1931. Rosemary lives in Marsh House with her austere father, surrounded by unspoken truths and rumours. So, when the glamorous Lafferty family move to the village, she succumbs easily to their charm. Dazzled by the beautiful Hilda and her dashing brother, Franklin, Rosemary fails to see the danger that lurks beneath their bright façades…
As Malorie reads Rosemary’s diary, past and present begin to merge in this moving story of mothers and daughters, family obligation and deeply buried secrets.
Date and Time
14 October 2022 at 7:00 pm
Tickets for this talk will be available 11 August for Friends of the Festival, general sale will be available 18 August 2022.
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