'The best young writer in Britain'
- Bookseller, 2010.
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She received a BA from Aberystwyth University, Wales, and a MLitt in Creative Writing from St Andrews, Scotland. She is the author of Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize.
In 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), and the Prix Femina Etranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Her third novel, The Carhullan Army, was published in 2007, and won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, a Lakeland Book of the Year prize, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. The Carhullan Army was listed as one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade.
Her fourth novel, How To Paint A Dead Man, was published in 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Her first collection of short stories, titled The Beautiful Indifference, was published by Faber & Faber in November 2011. The Beautiful Indifference won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012 and the Edge Hill short story prize, it was also short-listed for the Frank O'Connor Prize.
'When you listen to something like that, there's no doubting the power of fiction to get to the grim heart of things.'
Val McDermid, commenting on Butcher's Perfume on Radio 4's Pick of the Week.
The story was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.
Jonathan Ruppin, Foyles Web Editor, recommends the collection here: www.foyles.co.uk
Sarah Hall is an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth University, and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). She has judged a number of prestigious literary awards and prizes. She tutors for the Faber Academy, The Guardian, the Arvon Foundation, and has taught creative writing in a variety of establishments in the UK and abroad. Sarah currently lives in Norwich, Norfolk.
Sarah has written a new short story, called Wilderness, for the Guardian short fiction series on water.
Sarah has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2013. www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes-and-awards
Sarah has won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012 for The Beautiful Indifference. This is the second time she's won the award:
Sarah has written an introduction to The Last Man by Mary Shelley for the Folio Society's beautiful new illustrated edition.
Sarah has the honour of being a judge for the following literary prizes and awards in 2013: The David Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize and The Northern Writers' Fiction Awards.
An interview about her short stories hosted by Steve Wasserman for the University of Chichester: Click here
The Beautiful Indifference has won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and Readers Award: www.edgehill.ac.uk/news The paperback of the collection has now been published.
Sarah is delighted to announce that HarperCollins US will be continuing to publish her work in America. The Beautiful Indifference will be published in winter 2012/spring 2013, and her new novel will be published shortly after.
Introduction & News |
The Electric Michelangelo |
The Carhullan Army |
How to Paint a Dead Man |
The Beautiful Indifference |
Interviews & Profiles
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