Nature, Nationalism and Nostalgia

Nature, Nationalism and Nostalgia

Friday 9th November

18.30 – 19.30 

Melissa Harrison in conversation with Alex Preston

‘What a brilliant and timely novel All Among The Barley is. Deeply evocative of a historical moment – rural England between the wars, before mechanisation – it is also, unmistakably, about questions that press hard on us now…. This is an important book by a writer of great gifts.’ Robert Macfarlane

The past and the pastoral combine in Melissa Harrison’s beautiful new novel, All Among the Barley. Set among the farming community of Suffolk between the wars, this is the coming-of-age story of Edie Mather, growing up on her beloved home of Wych Farm.

The arrival of a glamourous and worldly stranger from London at first seems a godsend for Edie, soon to face the unsettling pressures of adulthood. Constance FitzAllen has come to record the vanishing rural traditions and beliefs. But there is more to the older woman than meets the eye.

Melissa expertly weaves together threads of folklore, the dangers of nostalgia, the shadow of the Great War and the looming threat of fascism with lyrical descriptions of the landscape and the rhythms of the natural world. Don’t miss the chance to hear Melissa discuss this brilliant novel with critic and author Alex Preston.

Venue: The Infomatics Suite, Dulwich College

Price: £10 or £20 including a copy of All Among The Barley (RRP £16.99)