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Stef Penney

Scotland (b.1969)

Stef Penney is a film-maker and writer. She grew up in the Scottish capital and turned to film-making after a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University. She made three short films before studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art, and on graduation was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme. She has also written and directed two short films; a BBC 10 x 10 starring Anna Friel and a Film Council Digital Short in 2002 starring Lucy Russell.

Genres: Historical, General Fiction
New and upcoming books
July 2024

The Long Water
   The Tenderness of Wolves (2006)
   The Invisible Ones (2011)
   Under A Pole Star (2016)
   The Beasts of Paris (2023)
   The Long Water (2024)
Stef Penney recommends
The Man on the Street (2019)
(Jimmy Mullen, book 1)
Trevor Wood
"I've just finished The Man on the Street, and I hugely enjoyed it. Wood is the real thing. I recently read the last Rebus, and it absolutely stands up to that level. It's smart, witty, compassionate and real, and the dialogue is brilliant. It's a fine thriller with something to say - and it feels like a blast of fresh air in the genre."
The Confessions of Frannie Langton (2019)
Sara Collins
"I usually pick proofs up, read the blurb, maybe read a few pages... and that is usually that. This time, I started reading it - and then I couldn't stop. Sara Collins has created a tough, fiery, vividly alive character. Beautifully written, in crisp and careful prose; but more than that, it comes across as a story that's been waiting to be written for a very long time...[Collins] has picked up the tradition of gothic fiction and made it brand new."

Costa Book Awards Best First Novel winner (2006) : The Tenderness of Wolves
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : The Tenderness of Wolves

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