'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 is a contributor on the Radio 4 programme about the novella Herland www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Sarah is a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016: www.swansea.ac.uk/dylan-thomas-prize
The Australian: Best Books of the Year: www.theaustralian.com.au
In the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2015 Sarah was awarded Writer of the Year for 'A powerful depiction of several competing versions of Cumbria’. Find out more...
Sarah is one of the judges for the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 shortlist announced:
Sarah's new novel, The Wolf Border published April in the UK and June in the US. Find out more...
The book will also be adapted for Radio 4, Book At Bedtime, week commencing 18th May www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Sarah appeared on Radio 3, Private Passions - 29th March, listen again: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Sarah was the 2014 recipient of the E M Forster Award, announced in March by the The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Sarah is a judge for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award the longlist has been announced:
Sarah won the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 with her story 'Mrs Fox' www.booktrust.org.uk/news
'Mrs Fox' on Radio 4, 23rd September:
The short story commissioned by the BBC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan will air on 16th August at 3.45 on Radio 4. The new story is called Theatre Six.
- Theatre Six transcript
Sarah's short story collection The Beautiful Indifference recently got an honourable mention in an interview with James Salter for Guernica magazine. www.guernicamag.com
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The Electric Michelangelo |
The Carhullan Army |
How to Paint a Dead Man |
The Beautiful Indifference |
The Wolf Border |
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