Oligarchy: An Evening with Scarlett Thomas in conversation with Heather Parry

The perfect bookish autumnal night awaits you as we launch 'Oligarchy', the new novel from Scarlett Thomas, author of 'The End of Mr Y' and 'The Seed Collectors'.

Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

Thursday 28th November, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

When Tash, daughter of a Russian oligarch, is sent to an English boarding school, she is new to the strange rituals of the girls there. Theirs is a world of strict pecking orders, eating disorders and Instagram angst.

While she spends her time with the other girls at the lake and the stables, a hand-picked few are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and quickly the routines of her dorm-mates seem darker and more alien than ever before. 

'An intricate black jewel of a novel. Weeks later, I'm still thinking about it.' -Kirsty Logan

Scarlett will be in conversation with Heather Parry about the themes of Oligarchy, her writing process and more. There will be time for a Q&A and a signing. There will also be free wine!

Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her novels include Bright Young ThingsPopCo, Our Tragic Universe and The Seed Collectors. She is Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Fiction at the University of Kent.

Venue Information

Golden Hare Books
68 Saint Stephen Street
United Kingdom

About the Book


Scarlett Thomas

Publisher:Canongate Books Ltd

Publication date:7 Nov 2019


3.00 out of 5
3 reviews
"It sounds in bad taste, but Scarlett Thomas has written a riotously enjoyable novel about a boarding school full of girls with eating disorders"
The Spectator
"Thomas is a talented writer, but successfully playing body image issues for laughs requires well-rounded characters"
The Guardian
"Despite the novel’s wit and sharpness, there is a fundamentally serious point to it, and not just about body dysmorphia and unrealistic expectations"
The Scotsman

The new adult novel from the bestselling author of The End of Mr. Y, about power, privilege and peer pressure