Naomi Alderman (born 1974) is an English author, novelist and game designer.
Born in London, Alderman was educated at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a novelist. In 2007, The Sunday Times named her their Young Writer of the Year.
She was the lead writer for Perplex City, an alternate reality game, at Mind Candy from 2004 through June 2007. She went on to become lead writer on the running video game Zombies, Run! which launched in 2012. She has written articles for several British newspapers, and has a regular technology column in The Guardian.
Alderman's literary début came in 2006 with Disobedience, a well-received (if controversial) novel about a rabbi's daughter from North London who is a lesbian, which won her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers. Since its publication in the United Kingdom, it has been issued in the USA, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Italy, Hungary and Croatia. Her second novel, The Lessons, was published in 2010.
Her novel The Liars' Gospel (Viking) was published in paperback in 2012. Reviewing the book, Jewish cultural magazine Jewish Renaissance described it as "an entertaining, engaging read" but found the story it told "uncomfortable and problematic. Your enjoyment of the novel will depend on how you respond to the premise that Jesus was, potentially, an 'inconsequential preacher'". Set in and around Jerusalem between Pompey's Siege of Jerusalem (63 BC) and Titus' Siege of Jerusalem (70), it is narrated in four main sections from the perspective of four key figures: Mary (mother of Jesus), Judas Iscariot, Caiaphas and Barabbas.
She wrote the narrative for The Winter House, an online interactive linear short story visualized by Jey Biddulph. The project was commissioned by Booktrust as part of the Story campaign, supported by Arts Council England. Her Doctor Who novel Borrowed Time was published in June 2011.
In 2012, Alderman was selected as a protégé by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropic programme that pairs masters in their disciplines with emerging talents for a year of one-to-one creative exchange. One result of this was her fourth novel, The Power (2016), a dystopian work influenced by and dedicated to Atwood.
- on the life of a new author...: Presume not that I am the thing I was
- This is This Zombie Life
- Granta | The Magazine of New Writing
- Sue Fox Relative Values: Geoffrey Alderman and his daughter, Naomi, Sunday Times, 11 February 2007
- Orange Award for New Writers 2006 c
- Shoshi Ish-Horowicz (October 2012). "Books: The Liars' Gospel". Jewish Renaissance. 12 (1): 52.
- Holland, Tom (6 September 2012). "The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkdUimnK-wk Keynote speech introduction, Mix 03 Writing Digital.
- The Winter House
- Rich Johnston, Swapping Reputation for Time with the Doctor
- Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative: A year of mentoring
- The Guardian, 28 October 2016 - interview