Sarah Hall (writer)

Sarah Hall (born 1974 in Carlisle, Cumbria[1]) is an English novelist,[2] and poet. Her critically acclaimed second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was nominated for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. She 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), 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.[3]

Her novel How to Paint a Dead Man (2009) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

In 2013, she was included in the Granta list of 20 best young writers.[4] In October 2013, she won the BBC National Short Story Award for "Mrs Fox".[5][6]

In 2016 Hall was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[7]

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.[8][9] 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)
  • Madame Zero (2017)
  • Sudden Traveler: Stories (Oct. 2019)

Critical studies and reviewsEdit

  • "Born to be wild". Books and Arts. The Economist. 415 (8933): 76. 11 April 2015. Review of The wolf border.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Booker prize". Cumberland News. 22 September 2004. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  2. ^ British Council (23 November 2011). "The British Council". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Booker-nominated Sarah's new home". Cumberland News. 14 October 2004. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
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  5. ^ Liz Bury (8 October 2013). "Sarah Hall's tale of woman who turns into a fox wins BBC short story award". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Sarah Hall wins the BBC National Short Story Award". BBC. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Sarah Hall". The Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Writing Courses at The Grove Hotel near London | Luxury Golf & Spa Resort England". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Faber & Faber : Begin Writing Your First Novel by". 15 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.

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