Hermione Hoby

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Hermione Hoby
Born1985 (age 33–34)
OccupationNovelist, journalist, critic
Notable worksNeon in Daylight

Hermione Hoby is a British author, journalist, and cultural critic. She is the author of the 2018 novel Neon in Daylight.

Early and personal life[edit]

Hoby was born and raised in south London.[1] Hoby went to Cambridge University and graduated in English literature.[1]


Hoby worked at The Guardian until moving to New York City in 2010 to become a freelance culture writer.[1] Hoby has profiled writers, actors, musicians, and other public figures including Toni Morrison,[2] Naomi Campbell,[3] Meryl Streep,[4] Taylor Swift,[5] Margaret Atwood,[6] and Laurie Anderson.[7]

In 2016, Hoby began writing "Stranger of the Week," a column for The Awl, in which she observes the wider state of culture, life, and politics based on character studies culled from real-life encounters.[8]

Neon in Daylight[edit]

Published in January 1, 2018 by Catapult,[9] Hoby's debut novel, Neon in Daylight, is set in New York during the months leading up to Hurricane Sandy. The book follows the intertwining lives of a middle-aged writer, his rebellious daughter, and a newly transplanted English woman. Reviewing the novel in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Bradley Babendir called Neon in Daylight "luminous and wonderful...[Hoby's] style has a delicious, raucous quality."[10] In The New York Times, Parul Seghal compared Neon in Daylight to Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays, saying "precision — of observation, of language — is Hoby’s gift. Her sentences are sleek and tailored. Language molds snugly to thought."[11] The book has been named recommended reading by Vanity Fair,[12] Fast Company,[13] and Bustle.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Hermione Hoby". www.hermionehoby.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  2. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2015-04-25). "Toni Morrison: 'I'm writing for black people … I don't have to apologise'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  3. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2017-11-05). "Naomi Campbell: 'People try to use your past to blackmail you. I won't allow it'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2015-08-16). "Front woman". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2014-08-23). "Taylor Swift: 'Sexy? Not on my radar'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  6. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2013-08-18). "Margaret Atwood: interview". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  7. ^ Hoby, Hermione (2017-01-15). "Laurie Anderson: 'I see Lou all the time. He's a continued, powerful presence'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  8. ^ https://www.theawl.com/slug/stranger-of-the-week/
  9. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby. Catapult (PGW, dist), $16.95 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-936787-75-3". Publishers Weekly. October 16, 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  10. ^ Babendir, Bradley (January 7, 2018). "How the Unlikely Becomes Inevitable in Hermione Hoby's "Neon in Daylight" - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  11. ^ Sehgal, Parul (2018). "'Neon in Daylight' Lights Up Ambivalence With Shades of Didion and Others". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  12. ^ Crosley, Sloane (January 8, 2017). "What to Read in February". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  13. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (2018-01-02). "Your Creative Calendar: 71 Things To See, Hear, And Read This January". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  14. ^ Ragsdale, Melissa (January 2, 2018). "The 18 Best Fiction Books Of January 2018 Will Help You Start Your Year Will An Amazing Story". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-01-09.