The Longlisted Published Authors

Candice Carty-Williams



Candice’s first novel, Queenie, has proved a runaway success, topping the Sunday Times bestseller list, winning Blackwell’s Debut of the Year and being shortlisted for 2019 Book of the Year by Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads. Candice has written for the Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine and Black Ballad. In 2016 she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize.

Michelle Gallen

Big Girl, Small Town

(John Murray)

Michelle was born in Tyrone in the 1970s and grew up during the Troubles, a few miles from the border. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and publishing at Stirling University. She has had work published in the Stinging Fly, Mslexia and others and won the Orange/NW Short Story Award.

Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic


Sophie is an international bestselling author. Her hits include the hugely popular Shopaholic series. She has also written seven bestselling novels as Madeleine Wickham and several books for children. She lives in the UK with her husband and family.


Asia Mackay

The Nursery


Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University before working for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their round-the-world motorbike documentaries. Asia started writing her last book, which was her debut, titled Killing It, on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. That book was named Runner Up in Richard and Judy's Search for a Bestseller competition and was Exceptionally Recognised for last year’s inaugural Comedy Women In Print prize.


Angela Makholwa

The Blessed Girl


Born and raised in a township in East Rand, Angela Makholwa is a bestselling South African novelist who began as a crime reporter. The case of a real-life serial killer who approached Makholwa to write his story inspired her first novel, Red Ink, the first South African crime fiction written by a female black author. Makholwa is currently based in Johannesburg. The Blessed Girl is her fourth novel.

Beth O'Leary

The Flat Share


Beth has a degree in English and The Flatshare is her bestselling debut, already translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote it on her train journey to and from her job at a children’s publisher. She now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time. Her anticipated second novel, The Switch, is out this month.

Dawn O'Porter

So Lucky

(HarperCollins UK)

Dawn originally trained as an actress and is now a writer and broadcaster. Her books include So Lucky, The Cows, and Paper Aeroplanes. Her episode for Channel 4’s Balls of Steel tested the morals of British men and led to her writing Diaries of an Internet Lover. Dawn writes for Glamour, the Telegraph, InStyle and The Sun. She has finished her latest book and is based in LA. 

Nina Stibbe

Reasons to be Cheerful

(Penguin Random House)

Nina is author of the literary satire, Love, Nina. Reasons to Be Cheerful is her third novel to feature Lizzie Vogel, along with Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge. Reasons to Be Cheerful was awarded the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards and was adapted by Nick Hornby for BBC. The author lives in Cornwall.

Lucy Vine

Are We Nearly There Yet?


Lucy Vine is bestselling author of Hot Mess, What Fresh Hell and Are We Nearly There Yet? Based in London she regularly writes and edits for the likes of Grazia, Heat, Cosmo, Stylist and Marie Claire. She also writes a weekly column for Grazia Daily. Fed up with seeing the happily-ever-afters in films, she decided to write her own novels.

Daisy Waugh

In The Crypt with a Candlestick

(Little, Brown)

Daisy is an author, columnist, member of the literary Waugh dynasty and a Tarot reader. She has written several serious historical novels, several contemporary comic novels, a couple of non-fiction books and a lot of newspaper articles and columns. She lives a quiet life with her family, not far from the River Thames in Barnes, South West London.

Kate Weston

Diary Of A Confused Feminist


Kate Weston is a former stand-up comedian who still gigs from time to time and likes nothing more than a proper giggle. Kate lives in London with her newly-acquired adorable kitten Angus.

"Diary of a Confused Feminist” is her debut novel.

Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill


Abbi was born in England in 1970, to a copywriter mother turned highly successful crime fiction writer. Abbi went into advertising, also working as a copywriter and then a creative director at agencies in London and New York. Eventually she quit advertising, had three children and started writing books and screenplays. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jeanette Winterson


(Jonathan Cape) 

Jeanette was born in Manchester, adopted by Pentecostal parents and raised to be a missionary. She left home at 16 to live in a Mini. After Oxford, at the age of 25 she published Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, which she went on to script for a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. Her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? followed 27 years later. She has also written award-winning fiction, books for children, biographies and other non-fiction and believes that art is for everyone. 

Olga Wojtas

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace


Olga Wojtas was born and brought up in Edinburgh where she attended James Gillespie’s High School – the model for Marcia Blaine School for Girls, which appears in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and is featured in Olga’s novel. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher and has since had more than 30 short stories published. 


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