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Lucy Ellmann

USA flag (b.1956)

Novelist Lucy Ellmann was born on 18 October 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of biographer Richard Ellmann and writer Mary Ellmann (née Donahue). She moved to England at the age of 13 and was educated at Falmouth School of Art (Foundation degree, 1975), Essex University (BA, 1980), and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 1981).

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Guardian Fiction Prize Best Novel winner (1988) : Sweet Desserts
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1998) : Man or Mango?
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel nominee (2003) : Dot in the Universe
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2019) : Ducks, Newburyport
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book winner (2019) : Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann recommends
Peach (2018)
Emma Glass
"Peach is a work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always."
Bird Summons (2019)
Leila Aboulela
"BIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild."
After Sappho (2022)
Selby Wynn Schwartz
"This book is splendid: Impish, irate, deep, courageous. . . . Brava!"

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