Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister (born 4 October 1956,[1]) is a British novelist, poet and playwright. She has written 15 novels, Blasted Things (2020) being the most recent, one play and numerous short stories and radio plays. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of St Andrews,[2] and is a regular contributor of book reviews to The Spectator and The Times.[2] She is married to poet Andrew Greig.[3]

Her subject matter is often serious (murder, madness and obsession crop up regularly in her books) but with a thread of dark humour running through it. Her first novel Honour Thy Father (1990) won the Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award, Now You See Me was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction in 2002, and Easy Peasy was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998.[2][4] Little Egypt, published in 2014, won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Her first play, Bird Calls, was performed at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, in 2003.

Glaister is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[5] She is currently writer in residence at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Honour Thy Father (1990)
  • Trick or Treat (1990)
  • Digging to Australia (1992)
  • Limestone and Clay (1993)
  • Partial Eclipse (1994)
  • The Private Parts of Women (1996)
  • Easy Peasy (1998)
  • Sheer Blue Bliss (1999)
  • Now You See Me (2001)
  • As Far as You Can Go (2004)
  • Nina Todd Has Gone (2007)
  • Chosen (2010)
  • Little Egypt (2014)
  • The Squeeze (2017)
  • Blasted Things (2020)


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 3 October 2014. p. 56.
  2. ^ a b c Glaister, Lesley (1997) Easy Peasy, Publisher's Biographical note, Bloomsbury, ISBN 0-7475-3509-4
  3. ^ Tindal Street Press Archived 6 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bloomsbury Publishing
  5. ^ British Council Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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