Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy - remote spaces and abandoned places - so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she'd found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.
Sarah Pearse recommends
Little Wishes (2020)
"Michelle's writing is so beautiful and so real - particularly the tender and moving scenes about Tom's illness which were so heartfelt and genuine. Witnessing Tom and Elisabeth's relationship develop and deepen beyond 'first love' was wonderful and I really felt like I knew the characters towards the end. It really gave me pause for thought about how important it is to relish every moment and not let any opportunities or burgeoning relationships pass you by. I will definitely be recommending the book to everyone I know!"
When They Find Her (2021)
"Brilliantly written ... I felt every single emotion and was immediately swept up into the story. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know."
Would I Lie to You? (2021)
"I just fell into this and couldn’t stop... the writing is so fresh and light; funny in places, but moving in others... I just can’t believe it’s a debut! Ali-Afzal writes brilliantly and Faiza is so warm and relatable as a protagonist that you feel every one of her emotional ups and downs alongside her as you turn the page. The story is sharp and witty and so well-paced that I devoured this book in only two days. A total page-turner and one I’ll be recommending to everyone I know."
Five Minds (2021)
"My mind is officially blown! This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level."
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