Stuart Turton

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Stuart Turton is an English internationally bestselling author.[1] and journalist from England. His debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (released in the US as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards[2] and has sold in 28 languages.[3] Since publication, it has sold over 200,000 copies[4] in the UK. In an interview,[5] given to The Guardian newspaper, he described writing the book as "just awful".[6]

Early life[edit]

Turton was born and raised[7] in Widnes, England and educated at The University of Liverpool, where he received a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he spent a year working as a teacher in Shanghai,[8] before becoming a technology journalist in London. He moved to Dubai to become a travel journalist, living there for three years until he returned to London to write his first novel.


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards[9] and Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers'[10] Awards, as voted for by booksellers. In the same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards,[11] Debut of the Year at The British Book Awards,[12] and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the CWA Awards.[13] Val McDermid selected Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, to appear on her prestigious New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.[14] In 2019, it was shortlised for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards[15] and longlisted for The Glass Bell Award.[16]


  1. ^ "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Recent Successes | Marsh Agency". Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ Illingworth, Harry (22 August 2019). "Some excellent news: @stu_turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has now sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone! What a bloody brilliant achievement and huge congratulations also to @Alison_Edits and @BloomsburyRaven on phenomenal work". @harryillers. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (7 January 2019). "Costa first novel award winner recalls 'awful' time writing his book". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Is the name any sort of homage to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ Turton, Stuart (11 January 2019). "Stuart Turton on Widnes: 'It was famous for its smell. On bad days, the air punched you in the nose'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Long march to mutual understanding". The Independent. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Win £100/€120 of National Book Tokens by voting in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018". National Book Tokens. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Shortlists". National Book Awards. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "2019 Fiction Debut Book of the Year | British Book Awards | The Bookseller". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ "The Crime Writers' Association". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  14. ^ "New Blood". Harrogate International Festivals. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ "And the Nominees Are... The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards | Strand Magazine". Strand Mag. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  16. ^ Books, Goldsboro (23 July 2019). "The Home of Signed First Editions". Goldsboro Books. Retrieved 23 July 2019.