Sign up to our mailing list to be updated on news of books and upcoming events


  1. Petite Mort on Polari Shortlist!

    It’s thrilling to be able to announce that Petite Mort has made it to the shortlist for the Polari Prize. The Prize, judged by Paul Burston, Bidisha, Matt Cain, Suzi Feay, Rachel Holmes and V G Lee, will be announced on Oct 8 at the Polari Salon at the Southbank Centre. More information about the shortlist, which features a self-published title as well as four titles from independent publishers, can found below.



  2. Polari First Book Prize Longlisting

    ..Petite Mort has made the longlist for the Polari First Book Prize! The Polari Prize, founded by Paul Burston, is awarded to a debut novel which deals with LGBT experiences. I’m very proud that Petite Mort has been selected for what looks to be a diverse and compelling longlist, which includes books from all genres, and self-published as well as traditionally-published authors. A shortlist of five titles is announced in September.

  3. HWA Debut Crown Shortlisting

    Petite Mort was recently shortlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Debut Crown! This prize has been running for three years, and celebrates the best in debut historical fiction, and it’s a great honour to be considered for this year’s selection.  The winner is announced at the Harrogate History Festival on 23rd October, and the shortlisted authors will be doing an event together on Friday 24th called ‘New Blood’, chaired by Manda Scott. And if that wasn’t enough, there was more great prize news hot on the heels of this announcement….

  4. Petite Mort on Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award Longlist

    Petite Mort was recently longlisted for the annual Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Adjudicated by members of the Authors’ Club, the Prize celebrates the best in debut fiction each year, and the longlist for 2014 was drawn from a record-breaking 120 entries. Other titles on the longlist included Nathan Filer’s Costa-winning debut The Shock of the Fall and Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

    More info here


  5. Upcoming Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Adaptation

    Petite Mort has been adapted as a Radio 4 Woman’s Hour drama!

    The serial starts on Monday 28 October, 10.45am – 11am, and runs for two weeks, repeated again in the evenings after Front Row.

    As if that wasn’t good news enough, there’s a cast of spine-tingling perfection, including Honor Blackman as Madame Adele Roux, Shelley Conn as Juliette Blanc, Mariah Gale as Adele Roux, Samantha Spiro as Luce Durand – and the original Michael Tolliver, Marcus d’Amico, as Andre.

    More info here

  6. Petite Mort on the Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist!

    Delightful news: ‘Petite Mort’ is one of ten novels on the Desmond Elliott longlist for 2013! The Prize champions the best UK and Ireland debut fiction, and is named after and made possible by a bequest from the late, great agent and publisher Desmond Elliott, who had a passion for spotting new talent. This year, the longlist takes us on an amazing journey: it features novels ranging from Elizabethan England via 1980s Belfast to contemporary Edinburgh…and we’ll be popping a few champagne corks at home in Bristol tonight too!

    Find out more

  7. Bristol Women’s Literature Festival – March 2013

    On Saturday I did an event at the inaugural Bristol Women’s Literature Festival. It was a hugely exciting weekend, with a real buzz to the proceedings: and our panel, Women Writing Today, was no exception. Helen Dunmore, Stella Duffy, Selma Dabbagh and I spoke for over an hour about some of the challenges (and opportunities) female authors face today. The discussion was exciting and engaged, ranging from the problems of under-reviewing and under-representation of women all the way to Twitter. A great first year for an important new festival.

  8. Petite Mort included in ASOS’s ‘Reasons to Love 2013’

    Along with Jami Attenberg’s ‘The Middlesteins’, Hannah Kent’s ‘Burial Rites’ and three others, ASOS Magazine chose Petite Mort as one of its hot book picks for 2013.

  9. Petite Mort Dutch translation rights sold

    Rights in Petite Mort have been sold to Dutch publisher Artemis, who’ll publish in the Netherlands in 2014. Artemis are the Dutch-language publisher for a range of respected women writers, including Catherine O’Flynn, Maggie O’Farrell and Eowyn Ivey.

  10. First reading: Petite Mort at sold-out Polari!

    On 26th February, Petite Mort made its debut in front of a 200-strong crowd at Paul Burston’s legendary literary salon at the Southbank Centre, as part of a wickedly talented line-up of authors and poets writing about LGBT lives and histories.

    Photo of John McCullough, Marion Husband, Gerry Potter-Poetand, and myself at the Polari Literary Salon.