Christiana Spens

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Christiana Spens
Occupation Author
Language English
Education University of Cambridge, University of St. Andrews

Christiana Spens is a writer and academic. She was educated at the University of Cambridge,[1] where she read Philosophy, followed by the University of St. Andrews for a Masters in Terrorism Studies and a PhD in International Relations.[2] She is the author of non-fiction book Shooting Hipsters: Rethinking Dissent in the Age of PR and novels The Wrecking Ball and Death of a Ladies' Man. She has written for Studio International and The Quietus on art, literature and politics, and is the interviews and book reviews editor for The New Strategist.[3] She has also worked as an illustrator. [4]


Shooting Hipsters: Rethinking Dissent in the Age of PR[edit]

Christiana Spens’ first non-fiction book, Shooting Hipsters: Rethinking Dissent in the Age of PR, was published by Repeater Books in April 2016.[5][6] It explores the relationship between dissenting groups and the media, PR and politics.[7]


The Wrecking Ball[edit]

Spens’ debut novel, The Wrecking Ball, written when the author was 18, was published by Beautiful Books Limited in the UK and Harper Perennial[8] in America, in 2008. It is a satirical novel about the music and fashion scenes in London and New York circa 2006. The Sunday Herald called it "mighty good... She is an established raconteur of the party scene".[9][10] Guest of a Guest noted that, "Critics have said they see influences of Lewis Carroll, F Scott Fitzgerald and even Jean-Paul Sartre in Spens' writing... Her adventures are worth the quick read."[11]

Death of a Ladies' Man[edit]

In April 2012, Christiana Spens' novella, Death of a Ladies' Man was serialized in 3 A.M. magazine.[12] The story is named after the Leonard Cohen song and is about a corrupt politician and the effect of a scandal on his family and friends. It dealt with themes of freedom of expression, privacy and hypocrisy.[13] 3:AM Press published the book in October 2012.[14]