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About An Evening with Bret Easton Ellis on ‘The Shards’

03 February 2023 @ 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ
01865 277299
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About An Evening with Bret Easton Ellis on ‘The Shards’
About An Evening with Bret Easton Ellis on ‘The Shards’

About An Evening with Bret Easton Ellis on ‘The Shards’

Join bestselling American author Bret Easton Ellis for an evening at the Sheldonian Theatre. In one of only 2 UK events, Bret (author of ‘American Psycho’) will discuss his first novel in 13 years, ‘The Shards’.

Set in LA in 1981, the book centre’s around a group of students in their final year of high school while a serial killer known as the Trawler stalks the city. 

17-year-old Bret is a senior at the exclusive Buckley prep school when a new student arrives with a mysterious past. Robert Mallory is bright, handsome, charismatic, and shielding a secret from Bret and his friends, even as he becomes a part of their tightly knit circle. 

Bret’s obsession with Mallory is equalled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with The Trawler, a serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence.

Can he trust his friends – or his own mind – to make sense of the danger they appear to be in? Thwarted by the world and by his own innate desires, buffeted by unhealthy fixations, Bret spirals into paranoia and isolation as the relationship between The Trawler and Robert Mallory hurtles inexorably toward a collision.

Gripping, sly, suspenseful, deeply haunting and often darkly funny, The Shards is a mesmerizing fusing of fact and fiction that brilliantly explores the emotional fabric of Bret’s life at 17 – sex and jealousy, obsession and murderous rage.

This gripping and compelling look at Bret’s earlier years showcases his effortless talent for writing about the darker side of human nature.


£15.00 – £30.00

Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information

Tickets cost £15.00 for general admission or £30.00 for admission and a copy of ‘The Shards’ (rrp £25.00).

There will be no public signing following this event. Pre-signed copies are available to those purchasing the book and ticket bundles.

Running time:
1 hour
Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7.00pm start.
No latecomers permitted.
Seating is unreserved and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Good to know:
This event will feature Bret ‘in conversation’ with a chairperson, Scott Pack, editor-at-large at Eye and Lightning Books. Scott was formerly head buyer at Waterstone and a senior editor at Harper Collins. He also has an editorial role at Unbound and runs successful Guardian masterclasses for writers.



48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 1PE
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