Literature: Mat Osman in conversation with Stuart Maconie
- Wed 12 Feb 2020
- 6:30 pm
Join Mat Osman, author and bassist of Suede, in conversation with Stuart Maconie, to discuss Mat’s magnificent debut novel The Ruins, which Ian Rankin has called a “complex, woozily dream-like novel about music, mystery and imagined worlds.”
London, 2010: Icelandic volcanoes have the city in gridlock, banks topple like dominoes and Brandon Kussgarten has been shot dead by gunmen in Donald Duck masks. His death draws his twin brother — shy, bookish Adam — into Brandon’s underworld of deceit and desire.
A miniature kingdom sprouts in a Notting Hill tower-block, LA mansions burn in week-long parties, and in a Baroque hotel suite a record is being made that could redeem its maker even as it destroys him. As Adam begins to fall for his brother’s shattered family he finds that to win them for himself he’ll have to lose everything that he holds dear.
With echoes of Performance, The Talented Mr Ripley and Mulholland Drive, The Ruins delves into the dark heart of fame: magic, music and murder.
Mat Osman is the bassist of the acclaimed British rock band Suede. The Ruins is his debut novel.
Stuart Maconie is a radio DJ and writer. He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie show on BBC Radio 6 Music and his most recent book is Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now
Advance tickets £5 / Tickets on the door £8