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Tessa Hadley

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Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University College and lives in Cardiff. Her first novel, Accidents in the Home, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : The Master Bedroom
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : The London Train

Tessa Hadley recommends
My Vintage Summer (2008)
Jane Elmor
"Wonderfully truthful about these wild young girls, dizzy and dangerous, exploding with life and music . . ."
Another Mother's Son (2015)
Janet Davey
"we're lucky to have such an Intelligent chronicler of our present."
Peculiar Ground (2017)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
"Unlike anything I’ve read. Haunting and huge, and funny and sensuous. It’s wonderful."
Folk (2018)
Zoe Gilbert
"I was thoroughly absorbed. Zoe Gilbert's invented folk-world is sensuous and dangerous and thick with magic."
The Illumination of Ursula Flight (2018)
Anna-Marie Crowhurst
"I find this funny, eccentric, touching novel fairly irresistible. Ursula's story is told in an inventive mix of modes, through fragments and lists and plays and letters; it's a spirited funny romp and yet it feels much more than that too - touching and urgent and vivid. It's fluent, accomplished, polished, funny and charming."
Writers & Lovers (2020)
Lily King
"My favourite of Lily King’s books so far. Exuberant and affirming, it’s funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished."
Surrogate (2021)
Susan Spindler
"Moving and exciting and moral - immensely intelligent."
China Room (2021)
Sunjeev Sahota
"China Room is a stunning novel, I'm blown away by it. It's so complex and yet lucid and easy, so perfectly achieved."
Second Place (2021)
Rachel Cusk
"Rachel Cusk is always an exciting writer: striking and challenging, with a distinctive cool prose voice, and behind that coolness something untamed and full of raw force . . ."
The Pages (2021)
Hugo Hamilton
"Brilliant. It's a lovely, rich, strange book, very truthful and moving, with a beautiful ending."
Skinship (2021)
Yoon Choi
"Lovely stories, such a good writer, everything so delicately made but robust and unsentimental too."
Mother's Boy (2022)
Patrick Gale
"A lovely, generous, absorbing novel. Charles is made both 'of' and belonging to his place and world, while also not fitting into it. The war sections are so very good, so terrible and ugly and gritty. I absolutely believed all of it."

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