Two strangers arrive in a small Spanish fishing village. The older woman is suffering from mysterious paralysis, driven to seek a cure beyond the bounds of conventional medicine. Her daughter Sofia has spent years playing the reluctant detective in this mystery, struggling to understand her mother's illness.
Surrounded by the oppressive desert heat, searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, Sofia is forced to confront her difficult relationship with her mother. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point.
Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels, Beautiful Mutants (1986); Swallowing Geography (1993); The Unloved (1994); Billy & Girl (1996), Swimming Home (2011) and a collection of short stories, Black Vodka (2013). She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. Hot Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2016.
Hannah Dawson is a historian of ideas at King’s College London. She has published widely and is a regular contributor to broadcast and live media, most recently programmes for BBC radio 4 about gender inequality and free speech, and Guardian Masterclasses on the history of feminism. Her latest book is Life Lessons from Hobbes (Pan Macmillan, 2013).