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At the heart of Bellendon Road, at the artsier end of Peckham, is a lovely little bookshop crammed with interesting finds. This is Review, a bookshop and literary hub run by novelist Evie Wyld.
Having won several awards for her 2009 debut, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, Evie was recently one of the 20 writers to feature on Granta Magazine’s prestigious list of young British talent. The list is like the Mercury Music Prize of the book world, often elevating relatively unknown authors into the spotlight. Previous writers to appear on the once-a-decade list include Will Self, Zadie Smith (now appearing for the second time), Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson, among many other household names.
Evie’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, which tells the story of a female sheepherder on an unamed British Island whose flock is ravaged nightly by a mysterious beast, is out in June, published by Jonathan Cape. In this video for Litro TV, she reads us an exclusive extract from the novel and tells us a bit about what inspired the eerie setting and what projects she’s got lined up, including getting married.
You can pre-order Evie’s new novel, All the Birds, Singing, here.
4 Minute Hangout With: Evie Wyld | Litro