1st July 2016

LA GENTILEZZA



The Kindness is available in Italian.
Click here for more details.



28th May 2016

HAY FESTIVAL

Polly was talking to Georgina Godwin.


27th May 2016

HAY FESTIVAL

David Gilmour and Polly discussed their songwriting partnership with Rosie Boycott.
Watch the interview here.



25th May 2016

TALKS AT GOOGLE



Polly talks about her career, her two recent US book releases, 'The Kindness' and 'Perfect Lives', and her songwriting process.


1st May 2016

'THE KINDNESS'

Polly's novel 'The Kindness' is published in paperback in Australia today.


9th April 2016

DAMIAN BARR'S LITERARY SALON

This evening the Ace Hotel hosted Damian Barr's New York Literary salon with Polly Samson, Jonathan Lee and David Gilmour. Damian is himself a critically acclaimed author, 'Maggie and Me', as well as London's leading literary 'salonista'.

The salon's first session was with Polly, whose new rave-reviewed novel, 'The Kindness', as well as the sublime 'Perfect Lives', have both recently been published in the US and Canada. Polly read an extract from 'The Kindness' and then Damian, who is a charming, witty and erudite interlocutor, asked her about the novel, its genesis and her unique approach to writing. The audience, which included fellow authors Jon Ronson ('The Psychopath Test') and Neil Gaiman ('The Sandman') were clearly captivated by Polly's eloquent and humourous account of her writing life and the challenges 'The Kindness' presented, some involving looking at sperm under a microscope (to understand this reference, read the book).

Joining Damian next was Jonathan Lee, a British, New York-based writer, who is best known for his novels 'Who Is Mr Satoshi', 'Joy', and his new book,'High Dive' – the Guardian newspaper described him as "a major new voice in British fiction". Jonathan read an extract from 'High Dive', which is based on events prior to the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Coincidentally, Polly's book of short stories, 'Perfect Lives', is also set in Brighton.

Damian's final session was with David and Polly, discussing their very successful music writing partnership. Invariably David will play Polly several pieces of music and she will see where her lyrical muse takes her; she explained that she listens to the music on her iPod and walks miles mulling it over and writing in her head. Damian asked if there were ever occasions when David rejected the lyrics and he replied "only once"; most of the time they are "perfect". It was a good note to end on.


30th March 2016

BEN MCNALLY BOOKS

Ben McNally Books hosted the event in their charming art deco bookshop, and Ben was the interviewer. Following Polly's reading of an extract from 'The Kindness', Ben asked her about where the story had come from and about her writing process. He commented that "it is a tremendous book and you are a brilliant writer". Talking about her writing process, Polly said that for her it's not about "getting your bottom on a seat, it's about getting on your feet" as she explained that she walks for miles 'writing' in her head, both her prose and lyrics. Polly was then joined by David Gilmour who described their writing partnership as 'magical'.


23rd March 2016

THE LAST BOOKSTORE

One of LA's leading bookstores, The Last Bookstore, hosted the event and the interviewer was David Ulin, former books editor and critic for the Los Angeles Times. Polly spoke about 'The Kindness' with David Ulin before being joined by David Gilmour, where they talked about their chart-topping writing collaborations: four number one albums so far. The event filled the shop to capacity and the signing line took a couple of hours to complete; the bookstore was delighted.


22nd March 2016

'THE KINDNESS' AND 'PERFECT LIVES'

Polly's novels 'The Kindness' and 'Perfect Lives' are published in paperback in the US today.


10th March 2016

'THE KINDNESS'

Polly's novel 'The Kindness' is published in paperback in the UK and India today.


8th March 2016

THE BOOKS THAT BUILT ME

Polly appeared on a literary desert island discs with Helen Brocklebank at Annabel's, London.


24th February 2016

JEWISH BOOK WEEK

Polly discussed 'The Kindness' with Guardian book critic Stephanie Merritt.


14th December 2015

DAMIAN BARR'S LITERARY SALON



RoofTop 5, in the Pinheiros district of São Paulo, was yesterday's venue for Damian Barr's Literary Salon with Polly Samson; the Brazilian edition of her book, Um ato de bondade, was published here last week.

When Polly and Damian arrived at the 27-storey cultural centre, the building was suffering a power cut and they were nervously ushered into the emergency lift. Thankfully, five minutes later the power came back on and all concerned with organising Damian's first literary salon in South America breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Damian both surprised and delighted the capacity audience by donning a tweed kilt and matching Highland jacket, a brave choice given the heat. Polly read two extracts from her book, The Kindness, and Paula the translator did a great job of reading the Portuguese version.



And then it was time to introduce the 'special guest', "he is the man who sings the lyrics that Polly writes", and then enters David stage right to a delighted and rather non-plussed audience. Damian asked David and Polly about their songwriting partnership and how the process works; David played some bars from early versions of Rattle That Lock and A Boat Lies Waiting to illustrate how the two of them create and shape the songs. After questions from the floor there was a lengthy book signing, and then back to the hotel to prepare for an early departure to Curitiba, the next concert on this South American trek.

Listen to the podcast here.



21st October 2015

MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Polly appeared with Virginia Baily.


17th October 2015

ISLE OF WIGHT LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly appeared with Patrick Gale.


13th October 2015

BARNETTS BOOKSHOP

Polly was at the bookshop in Wadhurst today.


1st October 2015

WATERSTONES, PICCADILLY

A Neapolitan Celebration of Elena Ferrante with Polly, Ann Goldstein, and Rosie Goldsmith.


1st October 2015

HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly appeared with Patrick Gale.


25th July 2015

THE WEEKEND EDITION

Polly was interviewed by Georgina Godwin, Presenter/Books Editor at Monocle 24.


21st July 2015

'THE KINDNESS'

Polly's new novel 'The Kindness' is published in hardcover today in the US by Bloomsbury USA.


19th July 2015

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL

Polly was interviewed by Damian Barr.


15th June 2015

5 X 15

15-minute talks by Polly, Roger McGough, Hannah Rothschild, Rory Sutherland, and Jane Wellesley.
Watch Polly's talk here.



6th June 2015

BORRIS HOUSE FESTIVAL OF WRITING AND IDEAS



David Gilmour and Polly Samson discussed their songwriting partnership.


30th May 2015

HAY-ON-WYE LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly Samson talked to Georgina Godwin.


18th May 2015

BIRKBECK COLLEGE

Polly was in conversation with Russell Celyn Jones.


15th May 2015

CHARLESTON LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly joined David Nicholls to discuss the conventions of family romances with Alex Clark, literary critic and broadcaster.


14th May 2015

BLOOMSBURY BOOK CLUB

Polly was in conversation with Alexandra Pringle.


1st May 2015

'THE KINDNESS'

Polly's new novel 'The Kindness' is published in hardback today in Australia by Bloomsbury Circus.


28th March 2015

WATERSTONES, PICCADILLY

Polly read at the short story event.


27th March 2015

THE RADIO 2 ARTS SHOW

Polly joined Claudia Winkleman to discuss 'The Kindness' and writing for Pink Floyd.


27th March 2015

HAMPSTEAD LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly joined Raffaella Barker and Justine Picardie to discuss the process required to channel a character's voice from the depths of one's mind into written word.


21st March 2015

MOUNTAINS TO SEA LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly joined the 'In Conversation' event with Sarah Bannan, chaired by RTE journalist, Paula Shields.


19th March 2015

BAZAAR BOOKS: POLLY SAMSON

Polly talked to Bazaar editor-in-chief Justine Picardie at The Athenaeum, Mayfair.


12th March 2015

'THE KINDNESS'

Polly's new novel, 'The Kindness', is published in hardback today in the UK by Bloomsbury.


11th March 2015

'FRONT ROW' TONIGHT

Polly was interviewed by Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme.


28th February 2015

THE BATH LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly attended the 'Pin Drop' event with Ben Okri, chaired by Elizabeth Day.


26th January 2015

DAMIAN BARR LITERARY SALON



Polly joined Patrick Gale, Aminatta Forna, and the Windham Campbell Prizes at The Mondrian Hotel, London, this evening. Listen to the podcast here.


9th January 2015

'THE KINDNESS' IN THE USA

'The Kindness' will be published in hardcover by Bloomsbury USA on July 21, 2015.


4th September 2014

PUBLICATION DATE FOR 'THE KINDNESS'

Polly Samson's new novel 'The Kindness' will be published in the UK in hardback by Bloomsbury on March 12, 2015.


7th July 2012

SMALL WONDER FESTIVAL: THE DOLL

Polly Samson, Anthony Quinn, and Daisy Goodwin discuss Daphne du Maurier's haunting short story collection 'The Doll'. Click here to listen.


12th June 2012

THE ARTS GARDEN PARTY OF THE YEAR

Polly will be attending the Voewood Festival at 1pm on Sunday 26th August.
Click here for information and tickets.



2nd April 2012

SPANISH EDITION OF 'OUT OF THE PICTURE' PUBLISHED

Polly's novel is now available in Spanish. Click here for more details.


25th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'Remote Control'.


24th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Rose Before the Vine'.


23rd November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Birthday Present'.


22nd November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'Barcarolle'.


21st November 2011
VIRAGO BOOK CLUB LIVE EVENT

Polly will be at the Virago offices on the evening of Tuesday 29th November to talk about 'Perfect Lives' with an audience of Book Club members. Click here for more information.

If you'd like to be part of the audience, please sign up to the Virago Book Club for details of how to apply.



21st November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Egg'.


17th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME

'Perfect Lives' will be the BBC's Book at Bedtime next week, with five readings taken from Polly's short story collection.

Find out more here.



7th November 2011
THE MAN WHO FELL

Polly's latest short story is published in today's Guardian newspaper.

Read it here.



29th OCTOBER 2011
TODAY'S GUARDIAN

The Guardian is giving away a 128-page book, which includes Polly's 'The Man Who Fell' and short stories by Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, Audrey Niffenegger, and William Trevor.


16th September 2011
A WEEKEND IN OCTOBER

Polly will be attending the Lancaster Literature Festival at 2pm on Saturday 15th October and, at 12 noon on Sunday 16th, the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she'll be discussing the short story genre with Judith Hermann.


6th September 2011
SMALL WONDER

Polly will be attending the Charleston Small Wonder Literary Festival (22-25 September) on Saturday 24th September.


26th August 2011
VOEWOOD FESTIVAL

Polly will be in conversation with Damian Barr about families and storytelling this Monday at 3.00pm in the Hire Intelligence Blue Tent.


1st June 2011
THE MORNING AFTER

The Daily Telegraph published Polly's story 'The Morning After' on Saturday. You can read it here.


27th May 2011
HAY FESTIVAL & 'THE MORNING AFTER'

Polly will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival this Sunday at 5.30pm in the Sky Arts Studio.

The Daily Telegraph, sponsor of the Hay Festival, is running Polly's story 'The Morning After' in the newspaper tomorrow (the morning before!).



18th May 2011
DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL

Polly will be discussing 'Perfect Lives' with Professor Helen Taylor from the University of Exeter on Thursday 19th May 2011 at 10.00am.


12th May 2011
READING: SALTDEAN LIBRARY

Polly will be reading from 'Perfect Lives' at Saltdean Library on Saturday 14th May from 11am. All are welcome and entry is FREE.

Click here for more details.



11th May 2011
PODCAST: eiCLUB HAY FESTIVAL DISCUSSION

Polly was a member of the Opinion Former Panel at today's 'The Importance of Books and Writing: An eiClub Hay Festival Discussion' event hosted by The Hospital Club and chaired by Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.

The eiClub is a 'connections gym' run by Editorial Intelligence, ensuring stimulating and time-saving ways to get the best ideas flowing between working professionals.

A FREE podcast of the discussion is available here.



10th May 2011
PERFECT LIVES SHORTLISTED FOR EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY SHORT STORY PRIZE

Polly has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2011 for 'Perfect Lives'.

Now in its fifth year, it is the UK's only literary award that recognises a published collection of short stories. The prize is open to anyone, and the shortlist is a mix of both well-known short story writers and newcomers. Alongside Polly, whose 'Perfect Lives' was recently published in paperback to positive reviews, are Graham Mort (Touch), Michele Roberts (Mud: Stories of Sex and Love), Helen Simpson (In-flight Entertainment), and Tom Vowler (The Method and Other Stories).

Ailsa Cox, the competition co-ordinator at Edge Hill University, said: "A good short story is intense and exciting, sometimes sad and often very comic. The five collections all have these vital ingredients – so I predict that judging will be difficult this year". The judging panel this year includes: scriptwriter and short story author Jeremy Dyson; author, presenter and journalist Stuart Maconie; and Marcus Gipps, previously of Blackwell books, now an editor at Gollancz.

The winner will be announced at the award ceremony, to be held in London in July.



4th May 2011
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly was talking about Daphne du Maurier on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour today. You can listen to the full programme here or forward the player to 34:25 for the feature.


2nd May 2011
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL FRINGE

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Brighton Festival Fringe on Friday 20th May 2011
at 7.00pm.



30th April 2011
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly will be talking about Daphne du Maurier on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour on Wednesday 4th May.


6th April 2011
HAY FESTIVAL UPDATE

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales, on Sunday 29th May 2011 at 5.30pm in the Sky Arts Studio.


18th February 2011
THE BOOKSELLER

Polly has written the introduction to a collection of newly-discovered Daphne du Maurier
stories: The Doll.



20th January 2011
HAY FESTIVAL

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales. The date for her event will be announced soon.


18th January 2011
PUBLICATION DATE

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' will be available in hardcover in the US and Canada on 1st March. More news and links to follow.


7th December 2010
CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE: PRIMROSE HILL BOOKS

Primrose Hill Books have chosen 'Perfect Lives' as one of 16 fiction titles for their Christmas Catalogue: "Perfectly nuanced, deftly interlinked series of stories...told with wit, insight and compassion. Surprisingly frank, raw, and beautifully written".


25th November 2010
'TUNE IN' TO RADIO 3

Polly's short story 'Barcarolle' about a frustrated piano tuner was broadcast this evening on Radio 3, read by Rory Kinnear who is currently playing Hamlet at the National Theatre.


15th November 2010
JOOLS HOLLAND SHOW

Polly was Jools Holland's guest on Radio 2 today.


5th November 2010
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly was interviewed today by Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. You can listen to the full programme here or forward the player to 21.07 for the interview.


4th November 2010
PUBLICATION DAY

'Perfect Lives' is published today in hardback by Virago.


26th October 2010
IVAN KNOWS

Polly Samson's story Ivan Knows from 'Perfect Lives' is runner-up for the 2010 V.S. Pritchett Prize.


2nd September 2010
THE ROSE BEFORE THE VINE

A new Polly Samson story will be published in Issue 12 of The International Literary Quarterly.


19th August 2010
THE JUST WHEN STORIES – AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK

Polly's latest story, 'The Morning After', has been published in 'The Just When Stories'. Click here to buy the hardback.


5th August 2010
BOOK JACKET

Here's the finished jacket. I'm so pleased with it. Thank you Virago. Thank you Charlie for lending a hand. Thank you Chloe Firouzian for taking such a good photograph.

News - Perfect Lives Jacket - Click to Enlarge.
 

 

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