'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, (Daughters of the North, USA) 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.
The Wolf Border, her fifth novel, was published in 2015, to much critical acclaim, and was shortlisted for The Southbank Sky Arts Awards and the James Tate Memorial Black prize, and won the 2015 Cumbria Life Culture Awards 'Writer of the Year' prize.
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. Her second collection, Madame Zero, will be published in 2017. The lead story, Mrs Fox, won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013.
Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Sarah Hall is an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth University and the University of Cumbria, and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). She is a member of the Royal Society of Literature. She has judged a number of prestigious literary awards and prizes. She has tutored 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's written a new short story, commissioned by Sotheby's to accompany their erotic art auction: www.sothebys.com
Books in 2017, a literary calendar: www.theguardian.com/books
The Carhullan Army: a near-future struggle that feels all too close www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah is going to be on the judging panel for the 2017 Man Booker prize. www.foyles.co.uk/news
Waterstones Best Fiction of 2016: www.waterstones.com
Sarah Hall: sex, death and the short story www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah's been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature: www.rsliterature.org
RSL welcomes new Director Tim Robertson, he cites Sarah as one of his 'literary lodestars' www.rsliterature.org
Sarah has a short story called 'One in Four' coming up in the RA Magazine: www.royalacademy.org.uk/ra-magazine
Sarah was a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Congratulations to Max Porter: www.theguardian.com/books
The Wolf Border has been short listed for the Sky South Bank Show's Literature Award: www.telegraph.co.uk
James Tait Black shortlist: The Wolf Border is shortlisted in the Fiction category. www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah will be appearing at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, in May: www.nnfestival.org.uk
Mumsnet, March Book of the Month: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall www.mumsnet.com/books/bookclub
Sarah has contributed a short story to a new anthology, Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier. www.harpercollins.co.uk
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.
Introduction & News |
The Electric Michelangelo |
The Carhullan Army |
How to Paint a Dead Man |
The Beautiful Indifference |
The Wolf Border |
Interviews & Profiles
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