New arrival: Post Mortem

“An ingenious novel about a writer’s inspiration, a father’s love and a man’s fear of losing his legacy.

Emiel Steegman, a midlist author with a handful of novels to his name, is seeking a way to escape a dinner with a party of Estonian writers. He cancels at the last moment ‘owing to a somewhat difficult situation at home’.

A short while later a nasty feeling comes over him: is he inviting trouble for his family? And what if a biographer should stumble upon the correspondence? Would he not suspect that something significant had happened? Increasingly worried by what a future chronicler will have to say, Steegman begins to withdraw from public life.

Steegman’s initial misgivings prove well founded. Because fate does strike. One afternoon, his daughter RenĂ©e falls asleep and it proves impossible to wake her…”

Post Mortem by Peter Terrin, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Published by MacLehose Press. Out now.

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