Lucy Foley is the author of four novels, including most recently The Hunting Party. It’s a creepy, insightful thriller about a group of university friends who, for their annual New Year’s Eve trip, have chosen a remote location in the Scottish Highlands. And a few days into their trip, one of them is found dead. Who died; who killed them; and why: that’s what we read on to find out. Lucy and I spoke about her pivot away from historical fiction to thrillers, why she structured The Hunting Party as she did, her favourite fiction about groups of friends and what it is that makes groups of longtime friends such fertile territory for fiction, and more.
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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
The Shooting Party, by Isabel Colegate
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
The Lady Vanishes, by Ethel Lina White
The Dry, by Jane Harper
Stone Mothers, by Erik Kelly
He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly
Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce
It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race, by Mariam Kham
Stubborn Archivist, by Yara Rodrigues Fowler
Late in the Day, by Tessa Hadley
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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