Sarah Hall (writer)
Sarah Hall (born 1974 in Carlisle, Cumbria) is an English novelist, and poet. Her critically acclaimed second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was nominated for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. She currently lives in Norwich, in eastern England.
She obtained a degree in English and Art History from Aberystwyth University before taking an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, where she briefly taught on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. She still teaches creative writing, regularly giving courses for the Arvon Foundation.She began her writing career as a poet, publishing poems in various literary magazines.
Her debut novel, Haweswater (2002), is a rural tragedy about the disintegration of a community of Cumbrian hill-farmers, due to the building of a reservoir. It won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book).
Her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004), the biography of a fictional tattoo artist, is set in early twentieth century Morecambe Bay and Coney Island. The novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004, and again for the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2005. In France, it was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Étranger 2004.
Her third novel, The Carhullan Army (2007), a science fiction novel, won the 2007 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the 2008 Arthur C. Clarke Award. In America, the novel was published under the title Daughters of the North. She was invited to become writer-in-residence by the Grasmere based Ullswater Trust – an organisation which supports and encourages writers – while working on the book.
All her novels are published by Faber and Faber; she participates in writing tuition classes during in-residence writing courses run by The Faber Academy. Sarah Hall has lived in both the United Kingdom and in North Carolina.
- Haweswater (2002)
- The Electric Michelangelo (2004)
- The Carhullan Army (2007)
- How to Paint a Dead Man (2009)
- The Beautiful Indifference (Short story collection) (2011)
- Mrs Fox (Winning story of the BBC National Short Story Award 2013) (Faber & Faber, 2014)
- The Wolf Border (2015)
Critical studies and reviews
- "Born to be wild". Books and Arts. The Economist 415 (8933): 76. April 11, 2015. Review of The wolf border.
- "Booker prize". Cumberland News. 2004-09-22. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- British Council (2011-11-23). "The British Council". Contemporarywriters.com. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Booker-nominated Sarah’s new home". Cumberland News. 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- Liz Bury (8 October 2013). "Sarah Hall's tale of woman who turns into a fox wins BBC short story award". The Guardian. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Sarah Hall wins the BBC National Short Story Award". BBC. 8 October 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Writing Courses at The Grove Hotel near London | Luxury Golf & Spa Resort England". Thegrove.co.uk. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Faber & Faber : Begin Writing Your First Novel by". Faber.co.uk. 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2011-12-02.