Jo Hamya in conversation: The Hypocrite


6.30pm, Wednesday 5th June



Join us to hear Jo Hamya talk about her sharp and astute new novel The Hypocrite, which asks what happens when we become frightened of the generations below us, and stop idolising the generations above.


The Aeolian islands, 2010. Sophia, on the cusp of adulthood, spends a long hot summer with her father in Sicily. There she falls in love for the first time. There she works as her father’s amanuensis, typing the novel he dictates, a story about sex and gender divides. There, their relationship fractures.


London, Summer 2020. Sophia’s father, a 61-year-old novelist who does not feel himself to be a bad or outdated person sits in a large theatre, surrounded by strangers, watching his daughter’s first play. A play that takes that Sicilian holiday is its subject. A play that will force him to watch his purported crimes play out in front of him.


Jo Hamya has written for publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian. Jo’s first novel, Three Rooms, was published in 2021; The Hypocrite is her second. She is currently completing a doctorate on literary sociology and the internet at King’s College London.


Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.


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