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Sarah Hall

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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 MichelaelngIn 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelaelngo, 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 many languages. She was recently given the 2014 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Her fifth novel, The Wolf Border, will be published in 2015.

Her first collection of short stories, titled The Beautiful Indifference, was published in 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 OConnor Prize. Recently she has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and has won the 2013 BBC National Short Story Prize. 

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, including the David Cohen Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and the inaugural Folio Prize for Fiction. 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. She has written original drama for radio, and has presented programmes on both radio and television. Sarah currently lives in Norwich, Norfolk, with her partner who is a doctor.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Haweswater (2002)
   The Electric Michelangelo (2004)
   The Carhullan Army (2007)
     aka Daughters of the North
   How to Paint a Dead Man (2009)
   The Wolf Border (2015)
   Burntcoat (2021)
   The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (2010) (with others)
   The Beautiful Indifference (2011)
   Six Shorts (2013) (with others)
   Madame Zero (2017)
   The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 (2018) (with others)
   Sudden Traveller (2019)
   These Our Monsters (2019) (with others)
   The BBC National Short Story Award 2020 (2020) (with others)
   Reverse Engineering (2022) (with others)
Anthologies edited
   Sex & Death (2016) (with Peter Hobbs)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Mrs Fox (2014)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2003) : Haweswater
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Electric Michelangelo
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book winner (2007) : The Carhullan Army
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2008) : The Carhullan Army
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2009) : How to Paint a Dead Man
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : The Wolf Border

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"One of the most imaginative, free-thinking writers working today. I love his work."

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