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Aliya Whiteley (born 1974) is a British novelist, short story writer and poet.



Aliya Whiteley was born in Barnstaple, North Devon, in 1974 and grew up in the seaside town of Ilfracombe which formed the inspiration for many of her stories and novels. She graduated from Ilfracombe College in 1995, gaining a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

In 2011 she was awarded an MSc in Library and Information Management by the University of Northumbria; her dissertation involved conducting a case study into the research techniques of modern novelists. She currently lives in West Sussex.



Light Reading Pan Macmillan[1] (UK paperback) April 2009 ISBN 978-0230706798

Light Reading Macmillan New Writing (UK hardback)Feb 2008 ISBN 978-0230700628

Three Things About Me Macmillan New Writing (UK hardback) April 2006 ISBN 978-0230001367


The Beauty Unsung Stories September 2014 ISBN 978-1907389252

Mean Mode Median Bluechrome Publishing November 2004 ISBN 978-1904781394

Short StoriesEdit

Whiteley's short story collection Witchcraft in the Harem was published in April 2013 by Manchester-based Dog Horn Publishing.[2]

Whiteley’s short story Green River was awarded second place in the 2012 British Fantasy Society's Short Story Competition.[3]

Sieve was published in The Guardian in 2004[4]

Jelly Park won the Drabblecast 2007People's Choice Award for best short story.

Dozens more have been published in magazines and anthologies worldwide, including:


Light readingEdit

Review by Susanna Yager in The Daily Telegraph[10]

Review by Scott Pack (Me and My Big Mouth and The Friday Project)[11]

`A weird page turner with a surprising ending' – Now Magazine

`This dark detective story is full of mystery and intrigue with a truly shocking twist.' – My Weekly[12]

'After a good many books which seem to be recycling...Aliya Whiteley's Light Reading is refreshingly different.' – Sunday Telegraph

Three Things About MeEdit

Review by Laura Hird[13]

Review by Kirkus[14]

Review by Grumpy Old Bookman[15]

Mean Mode MedianEdit

Review by Laura Hird:[16]

A review of the short story Geoffrey Says was published in The Boston Globe as part of the anthology, 'The Adventure of the Missing Detective' (Carroll & Graf 2004) [17]

Penelope Napolitano and the Butterflies review in Locus[18] and Tangent Online[19]


  1. ^ "Aliya Whiteley". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
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  3. ^ "Welcome to". The British Fantasy Society. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Sieve | Books |". Guardian. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Sebastian Bugs by Aliya Whiteley". Word Riot. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  6. ^ "1926 in Brazilian Football by Aliya Whiteley". Word Riot. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  7. ^ Maria, Carmen. "Strange Horizons Fiction: Penelope Napolitano and the Butterflies, by Aliya Whiteley". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Flushed " 3:AM Magazine". 26 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  9. ^ "2009.17 fiction wingspan". The Future Fire. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  10. ^ Fiction Reviews (2 March 2008). "Not as elegant as Josephine Tey". Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Me and My Big Mouth: Seaside Frolics". 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  12. ^ Light Reading: Aliya Whiteley: Books. ASIN 0230706797.
  13. ^ Laura Hird. "Aliyah Whiteley's 'Three Things About Me' reviewed on the official website of writer, Laura Hird". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  14. ^ Whiteley, Aliya. "THREE THINGS ABOUT ME by Aliya Whiteley | Kirkus". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  15. ^ Allen, Michael (23 May 2006). "Grumpy Old Bookman: More MNW". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  16. ^ Laura Hird. "Aliyah Whiteley's 'Mean Mode Median' reviewed on the official website of writer, Laura Hird". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  17. ^ Ephron, Hallie (25 December 2005). "'Tiger' in the Chicago night, 'Smoke' in the city – The Boston Globe". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  18. ^ "Locus Online Reviews " Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December". 29 December 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  19. ^ "Strange Horizons, December 5, 2011". 18 December 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2013.

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