Liz Jensen: Arc’s “Uninvited” guest

2 Jul

The best-selling novelist dropped into Arc’s offices to discuss her new book The Uninvited, an accessible and very frightening vision of ecological and political crisis.

It’s structured like a ghost story, written as a thriller: Deborah Moggach once puffed Jensen’s work by saying that she was “a true original – beholden to nobody”, which is as good a summation of this book as you could wish for. Jensen, though, is keen to acknowledge at least one forebear: “I thought about John Wyndham a lot,” she says, “and the ways he found to tell a complex, global story from a single, intimate point of view.”

The result is chilling. Across the world, children are killing their families. The experts say it’s an isolated incident – but they’re wrong.

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