Samantha Harvey

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Samantha Harvey (born 1975 in Kent, England), is an English author.[1] She completed the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA course in 2005,[2] and has also completed a postgraduate course in philosophy and a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel is The Wilderness (2009), a book about the unravelling effect of Alzheimer's disease.[1] Her second novel, All Is Song (2012), is a novel about moral and filial duty, and about the choice between questioning and conforming.[3]

Her third novel, Dear Thief, is a long letter from a woman to her absent friend, detailing the emotional fallout of a love triangle. It was published on 25th September 2014 by Jonathan Cape and was longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Prize for Fiction. It is currently on the shortlist for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

Her short stories have appeared in Granta Magazine [1] and on BBC Radio 4.[4]

In 2010 she was named one of the 12 best new British novelists by The Culture Show.[1]

She is a tutor on the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a member of the Academy for the Folio Prize. She is a member of the jury for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


  • The Wilderness (2009)
  • All Is Song (2012)
  • Dear Thief (2014)

Nominations and prizes[edit]


Harvey's novels have been published in the following translations: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese and Romanian.[1]



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  2. ^ text on the inside of the backcover of The Wilderness
  3. ^ text on the inside cover of All Is Song
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