Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger (/ˈpɪlər/; born 1984) is an English author and art critic. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out won a Betty Trask Award and a Somerset Maugham Award.[1]

Zoe Pilger
London, England
Notable workEat My Heart Out
RelativesJohn Pilger (father)
Yvonne Roberts (mother)

Early life and careerEdit

The daughter of journalists John Pilger and Yvonne Roberts,[2] Zoe Pilger studied social and political science at Cambridge University.[3] She also gained an MA in Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London.[1]

Pilger was art critic of The Independent, a British newspaper from January 2012 to 2016.[4][5] Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, published by Serpent's Tail in 2014, has been described as a post-feminist satire about modern romance.[6] It developed from a intensive writing period when the author was 23 and lived in an unfamiliar seaside town for six-months.[7]

She is currently researching her PhD on romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of female artists at Goldsmiths.[8] Pilger lives in London.[1]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Bio". zoe-pilger. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ "John Pilger: writer of wrongs". www.scotsman.com. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ Hoggard, Liz; Jones, Corinne; Lewis, Tim; Kellaway, Kate (12 January 2014). "Meet the debut authors of 2014". The Observer. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Wood, Felicity (5 November 2013). "Zoe Pilger: interview". The Bookseller. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. ^ "The Independent". Zoe Pilger. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ Scholes, Lucy (19 February 2014). "The enthusiasms of Zoe Pilger". Bookanista. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Pen Ten With Zoe Pilger". PEN America. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Zoe Pilger". The Independent. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Zoe Pilger wins a Somerset Maughan Award and a Betty Trask Award". serpentstail.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  10. ^ "The Independent". zoe-pilger. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. ^ Boureau, Ella (20 June 2016). "28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists and Winners". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 9 October 2016.