Sarah Hall, photo credit: Richard Thwaites  


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

Sarah Hall

The Wolf Border The Wolf Border
Paperback publication date: 3rd March 2016

Cumbria Life Culture Award – Writer of the Year 2015
Mumsnet Book of the Month selection – March 2016

Set against a background of political tumult – Scottish independence, land reform and power struggles – The Wolf Border confronts sex, love, conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence. It is a novel steeped in wilderness and wildness, both animal and human.

'[T]he odd sense lingers of Hall as a well-kept secret. If you're currently revelling in your membership of the initiate, however, be warned: her new novel looks set to blow the lid off.' The Guardian. Click here for more...

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:

RSL welcomes new Director Tim Robertson, he cites Sarah as one of his 'literary lodestars'

Sarah has a short story called 'One in Four' coming up in the RA Magazine:

Sarah was a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Congratulations to Max Porter:

The Wolf Border has been short listed for the Sky South Bank Show's Literature Award:

James Tait Black shortlist: The Wolf Border is shortlisted in the Fiction category.

Sarah will be appearing at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, in May:

Mumsnet, March Book of the Month: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

Sarah has contributed a short story to a new anthology, Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier.

The Australian: Best Books of the Year:

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

Sarah appeared on Radio 3, Private Passions - 29th March, listen again:

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'

'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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