literature & poetry
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Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel

In a London-exclusive event, Eimear McBride marks the publication of her third novel: fierce, honest, laced with desire and punctuated with black humour.

A nameless woman enters a nondescript hotel room that she’s been in once before, many years ago. The room hasn’t changed, but she has.

Strange Hotel fully immerses the reader in a revelatory exploration of a woman’s mind as she attempts to negotiate her own memories and impulses, and edges towards what it might mean to return home.

Delve into the unconscious as McBride read extracts of Strange Hotel live, followed by a conversation with the author about the novel and its creation.

Eimear McBride is the author of two previous novels: The Lesser Bohemians (James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize and others).

She was the inaugural creative fellow at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading, and occasionally writes for The Guardian, TLS, New Statesman and the Irish Times.

Dates & times

13 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Discounted copies of Eimear McBride's new book Strange Hotel (RRP £12.99) are available for £9.99 when you buy a ticket to the event, to be collected at the event.

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