Under a Pole Star - Stef Penney in conversation with Jonathan Coe
Under a Pole Star - Stef Penney
in conversation with Jonathan Coe
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Stef Penney is a screenwriter and the author of three novels: The Tenderness of Wolves (2006), The Invisible Ones (2011), and Under a Pole Star (2016). She has also written extensively for radio, including adaptations of Moby Dick, The Worst Journey in the World, and, mostly recently, a third installment of Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise series.
The Tenderness of Wolves won Costa Book of the Year, Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and was translated into thirty languages.
Reviews for Under a Pole Star
‘It is a tribute to Penney’s superlative descriptive skills that the book’s erotic charge is so startlingly effective, and that her icy landscapes cast such a lasting, almost hallucinatory spell. This combination is the true rocket fuel of Under a Pole Star, and what makes it resonate long after the Snow Queen has divulged her long-held secret’ (The Guardian)
‘Penney writes with a persuasive and appealing hunger . . . there is a touch of Donna Tartt here’ (The Times)
Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham and spent many happy childhood holidays in Shropshire. His novels include The Rotters Club, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! and the Shropshire-based The Rain Before it Falls.
His latest book, The Broken Mirror, will be published in November this year. Illustrated by distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese, is has been described as "a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages".
Jonathan is a Patron of Shrewsbury Festival of Literature.