Alice Jolly

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Alice Jolly (born 1966) is an English novelist, playwright and memoirist, who has won both the Royal Society of Literature’s V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for short stories (2014) and the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography (2016).


Jolly graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a degree in Modern History in 1989.[1]

She teaches on the Creative Writing MA course at Oxford University.[2]

In 2014, Jolly was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for her short story, Ray the Rottweiler.[3] In 2016, she was awarded the PEN/Ackerley Prize for her memoir, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns, the publication of which was crowdfunded.[2]

Jolly is married to a lawyer, Stephen Kinsella. They have two children, Thomas and Hope,[4] and live in Gloucestershire.[5]

Published works[edit]

  • What the Eye Doesn’t See (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
  • If Only You Knew (Simon & Schuster, 2006)
  • Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound, 2015) is a memoir of Jolly's journey of using a surrogate to carry her second child.[6]

Jolly has also written a number of plays for the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.


  1. ^ Oxford University, Department for Continuing Education web-page (accessed on 5 September 2016)
  2. ^ a b Alice Jolly's crowdfunded memoir wins PEN Ackerley Prize, The Bookseller (13 July 2016)
  3. ^ Fiction: Ray the Rottweiler, Prospect, January 2015
  4. ^ First person: My little girl has three mothers, Mail Online, 5 April 2015
  5. ^ Cotswold Life, Living with Hope, 1 April 2016
  6. ^ Helen Rumbelow (20 July 2015). "Surrogacy? It makes the Virgin Birth seem easy" (PDF). The Times. Times 2: The Times. pp. 6–7. Archived from the original (newspaper) on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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