Book Club with Polly Samson

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Bloomsbury Book Club with Polly Samson

Interview by Alexandra Pringle

Thursday 14th May

Polly Samson will discuss her lyrical, haunting and exquisite new novel, The Kindness, with Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle. Novelist, journalist, lyricist for Pink Floyd, and acclaimed short story writer, Polly Samson discusses her writing at this intimate Bloomsbury Book Club event.

Polly and her editor will discuss her second novel The Kindness, an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation.

Julian’s fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia, a woman eight years older than him with an unconventional past. He heeds no warnings, not from his friends nor from the pages he is studying of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’. As Julian and Julia’s versions twist and unravel it becomes clear that neither is quite what they seem to the other and that even the kindest of lies can devastate a family. With lyrical prose and masterful plotting, Polly Samson explores the tragic consequences of Julia’s secret from both sides.

Together Polly Samson and Alexandra Pringle discuss this heartbreakingly beautiful novel about love and family from one of Britain’s finest and most acclaimed talents.

‘Dark, sensual and clever.  I loved this book so much I finished it then started re-reading it to see how she did it’ Jojo Moyes

‘A gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal’ Independent on Sunday

‘A master at capturing the intricacies of human emotion’ Harper’s Bazaar

Polly Samson is the author of two highly acclaimed story collections and a novel, Out of the Picture, which was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club First Novel Award. Her most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives, was a Sunday Times Fiction Choice of the Year and was read on BBC Radio 4. She has been shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize and The Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She recently wrote the introduction to Daphne du Maurier’s The Doll: Short Stories. She has written lyrics for three bestselling albums and was a Costa Book Awards judge in 2007. Polly Samson lives in Brighton. @PollySamson

Ticket Details

Book Club tickets are £20 including a copy of The Kindness posted to you in advance, or £10 without the book. Season membership costs £80. To join please email

Date: Thursday 14th May
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk at 6:30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Tickets: £20 including a hardback book or £10 without the book

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