Sheila Heti & Merve Emre: Pure Colour

Sheila Heti’s Pure Colour has been shortlisted for this year’s Rathbones Folio Prize. Find out more about the fiction shortlist here.

With How Should a Person Be? Sheila Heti merrily and unforgettably extended our notions of what a novel might or ought to contain. In Pure Colour (Harvill Secker), brilliantly described by Kirkus Reviews as ‘that rarest of novels—as alien as a moon rock and every bit as wondrous,’ she continues her extraordinary project of expanding our minds to where they ought to be.

Heti was in conversation about that project with Merve Emre, associate professor of English at the University of Oxford.