Eliza Clark on PENANCE
Monday 24th July 2023
Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
Join us for a brilliantly literary evening celebrating the new novel from an up-and-coming star.
In 2018, Eliza Clark received a grant from New Writing North's 'Young Writers' Talent Fund'. Her debut novel, Boy Parts, was released by Influx Press in July 2020, and it has since been Blackwell's Fiction Book of the Year. And in 2022, Eliza was chosen as a finalist for the Women's Prize Futures Award for writers under thirty-five
Penance is her new novel, an utterly chilling, compulsive story of a murder among teenagers, on the eve of the historic Brexit vote, by a major new voice in British fiction.
Do you know what happened already?
Did you know her? Did you see it on the internet?
Did you listen to a podcast? Did the hosts make jokes?
Did you see the pictures of the body? Did you look for them?
It's been nearly a decade since the horrifying murder of sixteen-year-old Joan Wilson rocked Crow-on-Sea, and the events of that terrible night are now being published for the first time.
That story is Penance, a dizzying feat of masterful storytelling, where Eliza Clark manoeuvres us through accounts from the inhabitants of this small seaside town. Placing us in the capable hands of journalist Alec Z. Carelli, Clark allows him to construct what he claims is the 'definitive account' of the murder - and what led up to it.
Built on hours of interviews with witnesses and family members, painstaking historical research, and most notably, correspondence with the killers themselves, the result is a riveting snapshot of lives rocked by tragedy, and a town left in turmoil. The only question is: how much of it is true?