Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have sold 500,000 copies in the UK, and are also published or about to be published in around the world, in 20 countries, with several more foreign rights deals under negotiation. Little Face was longlisted for the 2007 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award. Hurting Distance was longlisted for the 2008 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

Sophie’s fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award, and in 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets.

Sophie’s poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is thirty-eight and lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Related Sessions
Sunday 31 October 2010, 1.45pm Lecture Theatre 2
Sunday 31 October 2010, 5.30pm Lecture Theatre 2

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Pessimism for Beginners

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