While Gail Honeyman was writing her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It has subsequently sold to almost thirty territories worldwide, and it was chosen as one of the Observer’s Debuts of the Year for 2017.
Gail was also awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award in 2014, and has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Towards Mellbreak is her first novel.
TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary University London and subsequently at Cardiff University before becoming a national newspaper journalist, covering a wide range of stories on science, health and technology. After eight years as a daily news journalist he moved into communications and currently works in the field of higher education. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two teenaged children. Tim has been writing for as long as he can remember and loves psychological thrillers and crime by many different authors. He’s also partial to historical, horror and adventure fiction.
Penny Joelson was born in London where she still lives with her husband and two children. She began working with disabled people when she was a teenager, which gave her inspiration for this novel and its insights. Penny runs 'Creative Writing for Children' workshops at City Lit and is currently working on her next novel.
Patty Yumi Cottrell’s debut novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace has been called 'complex and mysterious' and featured on several of 2017's 'most anticipated' lists. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The White Review, Guernica, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
Karen Gregory has been a confirmed bookhead since early childhood. She wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse aged twelve, then put away the word processor until her first child was born, when she was overtaken by the urge to write. A graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, and a project coordinator by day, she’s become adept at writing around the edges. Strong coffee and a healthy disregard for housework help. Karen lives in Wiltshire with her family. Countless is her first novel.
John McGhie has been an investigative journalist for the BBC, Channel Four News and the Obeserver, where he was Political Correspondent. He also made the highly-acclaimed BBC documentary ‘White Terror’ about Mau Mau.
White Highlands is John’s debut novel – a startlingly original story set both in the present day and Kenya in the 1950’s during the Mau Mau uprising, one of the least known and darkest episodes in British Colonial history.
Vivek Shanbhag is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published to wide acclaim in the South Indian language of Kannada. Ghachar Ghochar is the first of his books to appear in English. He is the recipient of a Fall 2016 residency at the International Writing Program at Iowa. Srinath Perur (translator) is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in n+1, Granta, and the Guardian. He is the author of If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai, published by Penguin India.