Rachel Seiffert (born 1971) is a British novelist and short story writer.
Publications and awards
Seiffert has published four works of fiction to date:
The Dark Room (2001) is a novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, winner of the LA Times Prize for First Fiction and a Betty Trask Award in 2002. The 2012 movie "Lore" by writer-director Cate Shortland is based on The Dark Room.
Field Study (2004) is a collection of short stories, one of which received an award from International PEN.
Afterwards (2007) is a novel, long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction the same year.
The Walk Home (2014) is a novel set in Glasgow about a family torn apart.
Her books have been translated into ten languages.
Seiffert's subject is the individual in history: how political and economic upheavals impact on ordinary lives. Her characters have included the 12-year-old daughter of an SS officer in 1945, a Polish seasonal worker on a German asparagus farm after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and a London painter and decorator who killed a civilian as a 19-year-old squaddie with the British Army in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
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