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Book Club with Sarah Hilary

Updated: Feb 14

Care Experience & Culture book club event:
Monday 6th December 10am UK / 9pm Australia
Sarah Hilary will be discussing her latest novel Fragile which features characters from a children's home. All welcome.
Email: careexperienceandculture@gmail.com


SARAH HILARY’s debut Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and The Observer’s Book of the Month. In the US, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist. No Other Darkness, the second in the series, was shortlisted for a Barry Award. The sixth in her DI Marnie Rome series Never Be Broken is out now. Her short stories have won the Cheshire Prize for Literature, the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize, and the SENSE prize. Fragile is her first standalone novel.

Sarah is one of the Killer Women, a crime writing collective supporting diversity, innovation and inclusion in their industry.

Sarah also wrote about her family history, most notably in My Mother was Emperor Hirohito's Poster Child for The Guardian, March 2014. Her mother and grandparents were prisoners of the Japanese in Batu Lintang camp where her grandfather, Stanley George Hill, died in 1945. Hilary wrote about her grandmother's courage in the camp for the Dangerous Women Project in 2017.[1]


“Hilary has always known how to chill her readers – Fragile dials the chill factor up to 11” VAL MCDERMID


Nell Ballard is homeless, running from her past and carrying a secret she longs to set down. In Starling Villas, she becomes servant to an eccentric recluse. Robin Wilder lives by an exacting set of rules, expecting the same from Nell, who fears his retribution should she let standards slip. Just as she begins to find her balance in the house, Robin’s former wife sweeps in. Carolyn Wilder has no intention of allowing Nell to become comfortable in her new home. But who is underestimating whom? And who truly holds the power in Starling Villas? As events overtake the household, old wounds reopen and the past rushes in to exact its own terrible price.


Fragile is a modern Gothic psychological thriller with a contemporary twist on the classic novel Rebecca from award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Sarah Hilary.



Thank you to Pan Macmillan for review copies.


Follow Sarah on Twitter: @Sarah_hilary

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Hilary#cite_note-7




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