Acclaimed novelist Marlon James returns to the Southbank Centre to discuss the second book in his revolutionary Dark Star Trilogy: Moon Witch, Spider King.

Join the Man Booker prize-winning author as he discusses the rich tradition of African mythology, fantasy and history.

In this highly anticipated follow-up to the Number 1 bestseller Black Leopard, Red Wolf, James once again allows us to imagine a mythic world with a lost child, a 177-year-old witch, a deadly regal chancellor, and a peculiar mystery with many answers...

Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman – the witch Sogolon – who bows to no man, this is an unforgettable exploration of power, personality, and the places where they overlap. 

Marlon James is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award. He is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul, and divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

'A game-changing modern fantasy classic' - Financial Times

‘A fantasy world as well realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's' – Neil Gaiman

  • Moon Witch, Spider King

    Dark Star Trilogy


    Booker Prize-winner Marlon James once again draws on a rich tradition of African mythology and fantasy to imagine a mythic world, a lost child, a 177-year-old witch and a mystery with many answers . . .

    *Perfect for fans of Pratchett, George R. R. Martin and Octavia Butler*

    'Even more gripping and inventive than its predecessor . . . like Tolkien on ayahuasca' Observer


    Part adventure, part chronicle of an indomitable woman - the witch Sogolon - who bows to no man, this is an unforgettable exploration of power, personality, and the places where they overlap, set in a world at once ancient and startlingly modern.

    In the words of Neil Gaiman, James has created 'a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's'.

    Chronicling the same events but telling a very different story - who will you believe? Read THE DARK STAR TRILOGY in any order! Book one, BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF, is available now.


    'Moving, vivid, and thought-provoking . . . brilliant' Buzzfeed

    'James masterfully flips the first instalment on its head . . . [A] titanic story of empire, adventure and power' Esquire

    'Told with James' inimitable linguistic verve . . . Riotous, ultraviolent, dazzlingly inventive' Literary Hub

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