Sarah Hall, photo credit: Richard Thwaites  


'The best young writer in Britain'
- Bookseller, 2010.

Sarah Hall

Sarah wins the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 BBC National Short Story Award 2013
Sarah Hall has added another accolade to her growing list by winning the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 for her story 'Mrs Fox'. She picked up the main prize of £15,000 at the ceremony held on 8th October at the Radio Theatre in the BBC's Broadcasting House in London. She was presented with her cheque by this year's Chair of Judges, journalist and arts critic Mariella Frostrup, as the news was announced live on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

Sarah’s winning story is a darkly erotic transformation tale in which a woman turns into a fox to her husband’s confusion and dismay. Bristling with feminist undertones, it delivers an uncanny account of a sexual, childless couple who continue with an unorthodox acquaintance after the woman’s metamorphosis


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:

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.


Latest News:

Sarah has a new novel coming out in April 2015, called The Wolf Border. This was announced at the London book fair this week.

Sarah is this year’s recipient of the E M Forster Award, announced on Monday 24th March by the The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Sarah has been drawn from the Folio Academy members to be a judge for the inaugural Folio Prize for Fiction. The shortlist has been announced:

Sarah had an event at The British Library in association with the Folio Prize, on 9th March, with AS Byatt and Sam Leith.

Sarah is a judge for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award the longlist has been announced:

Sarah has written a new short story Then Later, His Ghost, published in the Christmas edition of the New Statesman

Sarah won the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 with her story 'Mrs Fox'

'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.

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