Working Lunch ~ Edward Parnell


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Edward Parnell talks about how, devastated by family tragedies, he found comfort in the ghost stories of his childhood, prompting him to travel to Britain’s uncanniest destinations. Weaving memoir with history, cultural commentary with meditations on grief, he traces a path through the ‘sequestered places’ of the British Isles –  our lonely moors, our moss-covered cemeteries, our stark shores and our folkloric woodlands – landscapes that inspired the likes of M.R. James and Alan Garner, and classic folk horror cinema such as Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man. Ghostland is Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.

Ghostland is a delicious, creepy, gothic gazetteer to a British landscape filled with folkloric, literary and filmic spirits, avian auguries, and natural history and a deeply touching personal grief” – Philip Hoare

About the author: Norfolk-based Edward Parnell’s first novel, The Listeners, won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize. been the recipient of an Escalator Award from Writers’ Centre Norwich, and in 2009 received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a seven-week book research expedition to the Australian Outback. He is also the director of the Wymondham Words literature festival. Ghostland was shortlisted for the Pen Ackerley Prize 2020.

In conversation with Stuart Kelly.