Last week Emanuel played host to author Sophie Mackintosh, whose debut novel The Water Cure was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2018 and hailed by The Guardian as ‘extraordinary’ and by The Sunday Times as ‘an eerie, uncanny literary debut... Beautifully written, pared down and hypnotic’.
Sophie came in to answer questions put to her by a group of upper sixth students who are studying her novel alongside Hardy’s classic Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) for their English coursework. During a riveting double lesson, the students plied her with a range of excellent questions, eliciting some valuable insights that they will be able to incorporate directly into their coursework essays. Sophie was thrilled to take part, describing the experience as ‘even better than being longlisted for the Booker Prize’! It was also exciting to hear that she is currently at work on two new novels, which we eagerly await.
Mr Rice (Teacher of English)