Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thriller Little Face was longlisted for the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award, while Hurting Distance was longlisted for the 2008 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Her fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award, and in 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story "The Octopus Nest", which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets.
Sophie’s poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and two children.
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The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
A story of passionate love, a murder mystery and also a very clever exploration of storytelling and narrative perspective. It is tragic at the same time as being hilariously funny - a rare masterpiece.Buy now
Coming From Behind by Howard Jacobson
A tour de force about ambition and disappointment. I can open it at almost any page and be laughing to the point of tears within seconds. There aren't many novels about which you could say that almost every sentence is a work of genius.Buy now
Two Cures for Love by Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope's poetry is wise, witty, moving, deeply intelligent and musically memorable. This collection is a "best of", so for me it's a double "best of", because I think Wendy Cope is the best of contemporary poets.
Asta's Book by Barbara Vine
Barbara Vine, aka Ruth Rendell, is a genius of the crime fiction world. This is one of her best novels, interweaving a present mystery with one from the past. It's brilliantly plotted, beautifully written and utterly compelling from the first page to the last.Buy now
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Unbelievably gripping. It's a gothic mystery about a reclusive novelist who summons a shy young biographer and orders her to write her life story. In her quest to uncover hidden details of the writer's life, the biographer discovers all is not what it seems.Buy now
Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson brings Christie's life, thoughts and creative identity to life in fascinating and painstaking detail.Buy now
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A guide to spiritual enlightenment and a brilliant philosophy book – it has made me see the world in a completely different way.Buy now
Hoping It Might Be So by Kit Wright
Kit Wright is one of the most brilliant poets writing at the moment, and not nearly as well known as he should be. He has a unique and compelling voice. This book is a collection of his best work.Buy now
Plots and Errors by Jill McGown
This is probably out of print now, but it’s worth tracking down via Amazon marketplace. Jill McGown is even better at plotting than Agatha Christie, and this is her best and most fiendishly complex novel.Buy now
In the Woods by Tana French
A brilliant, spooky psychological thriller set in Ireland. The writing and atmosphere are perfect, and the plot will surprise you until the end.Buy now
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