Hay Festival: Ingrid Persaud and Jessie Burton

A conversation with two extraordinarily gifted and compelling novelists, Ingrid Persaud and Jessie Burton.


Tuesday 26th May, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

A conversation with two extraordinarily gifted and compelling novelists.

Persaud’s Love After Love introduces: Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, who form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.

In Burton’s The Confession: One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever..

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The MuseThe Confession is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves. 

Chaired by Lennie Goodings, author of A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers ad Virago.

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

About the Book

The Confession
The Confession

Jessie Burton

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Publication date:19 Sep 2019


3.41 out of 5
11 reviews
"A sharp intelligence beneath the romantic sensibility makes the less convincing story elements almost forgivable"
The Sunday Times
"The Confession can feel a little heavy-handed. Burton should trust her many admirers to be able to read between the lines"
The Spectator
"The Confession might be quite devastating if it weren’t for its fatal flaw: the main characters are as flimsy and bloodless as extras in a movie"
The Times
"An absorbing tale of self-discovery"
Woman & Home
"Jessie Burton always writes perceptively about female identity and creativity"
"[There's] relatively few flaws in [this] absorbing, intelligent piece of storytelling that succeeds in sustaining its mystery to the end."
The Observer
"Jessie Burton explores the propensity to label women’s writing as ‘autofiction’ and the dangers of such categorisation"
Financial Times
"Her particular skill is to explore this in a way that is engaging, entertaining and moving"
Evening Standard
"it stands as another understated triumph for the patient typist."
The Guardian
"I loved Burton's debut, The Miniaturist, but this is even better!"

The powerful, moving and suspenseful new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.