The Unwilding

By Marina Kemp

‘A writer to watch’ FRANCIS SPUFFORD

A stunning new novel of power, desire and the secrets all families carry, from the acclaimed author of Nightingale, Marina Kemp.

When fledgling writer Zoe arrives at the Sicilian holiday home of famed novelist Don Travers, she feels that she has made it. And yet as the week unfolds it is not Don but his children and unknowable wife, Lydia, who come to intrigue Zoe most. On the fringes, Don’s youngest, Nemony, watches as her older siblings begin to navigate the treacherous waters of the adult world. When her adored oldest sister makes a terrible mistake, the holiday ends suddenly, shattering the fragile balance of their parents’ marriage and the siblings’ lives.

Many years later and in the wake of loss, the events of that summer continue to haunt. Nemony, now a lonely new mother herself, strikes up a chance friendship with Zoe. With her support, Nemony attempts to grapple with the casual damage enacted by her father. But as their relationship deepens, she is soon forced to question the true extent of Zoe’s fascination with the Travers family.

Tracing their lives through Sicily, London and the old mining towns of Appalachia, Nemony must uncover the stories untold – about her implacable father, her troubled mother, and the siblings she might still do anything for.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 04 Jul 2024
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-0-00-863785-9
Marina Kemp is the author of Nightingale and The Unwilding, and has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer and Times Breakthrough Artist Awards. She studied at Oxford and Goldsmiths and lives now in South London.

”'At the Sicilian holiday house of a famous writer … the youngest daughter watches from the sidelines and many years later is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about her family” - The Times, 'The best books of 2024’

Praise for Nightingale: -

'This fine and subtle novel enthralled and moved me' Tessa Hadley, author of Free Love -

'Extraordinary … Richly atmospheric … I loved it' Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill -

'Deeply moving, aglow with compassion' Guardian -

'A rollercoaster of a read' The Times -