Greg Keen (2014/15) has signed a two book deal with Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint, Thomas & Mercer. His first book, Soho Dead, developed while on the City course, is described as a “fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel” in which the hero, PI Kenny Gabriel, finds that “the further he investigates the unnatural death of an old friend's daughter, the more he confronts his own past.” This follows hot on the heels of Greg’s CWA Debut Dagger award last year which helped secure his agent, Veronique Baxter at David Higham.
Anna Mazzola's (2014/15) debut historical novel, The Unseeing, was published by Tinder Press in July 2016. “Intricately plotted and extremely convincing,” The Sunday Times.
Rachel Mann (2008/9) has published her debut novel, developed while on the Novel Studio, On Blackberry Hill. Described by novelist Clare Jacob as a “very well written and sensitive novel which brings the adolescent life of a young Jewish girl in New York and in summer camp to poignant life.” Rachel’s play, Class Mother, has also been nominated for best play at the Venus/ Adonis Theater Festival NYC 2016.
Alumni: publication summary
Neil Griffiths (2006/7) published his first novel, Isabella’s Heiress, in February 2015. Newly dead and struggling to cope with her new state, Emma Elliott is thrust into a dark and desperate vision of London where warring angels fight over the fate of mankind.
Mike Clarke (2009/10) published an ebook in 2015 of four short stories read at Liars’ League, called Do you dare me to cross the line?
Kit Habianic's (2014) debut novel Until Our Blood is Dry was published spring 2014 with Parthian Books. The story of a South Wales mining community ripped apart by the miners' strike of 1984-1985, an earlier draft of her novel was shortlisted for the Daily Mail/Transworld debut novel prize. Kit is the first Novel Studio student to publish her novel while on the course!
Ruth Rudherham's (2011) debut novel Enemy of the Earth was published by Pig Hog Press in Autumn 2014. As eco-terrorist attacks throw London into chaos, John and Sue Forster are faced with the news of their daughter's death. Struck by grief and desperate to find meaning in his life, John abandons his life-long career in search of his daughter's legacy and finds himself in the midst of an environmental movement. Sue fights to keep their marriage alive, unaware that John's activism has become an obsession that jeopardises not only their relationship, but their lives. Pig Hog Press promise 'an enthralling thriller and family drama from a brilliant young writer.'
Alexandra Cameron's (2006/7) debut novel Rachael's Gift was published by ANZ Picador in September 2014. Her agent describes it as 'a detective story of the heart, about a mother's uncompromising love for her daughter and how far she will go to protect her.' We look forward to a UK publication date soon.
Rachel Zadok's second Sister Sister was published by Kwela Books in 2013. Her first novel, Gem Squash Tokoloshe (Pan Macmillan, 2005), was shortlisted for The Whitbread First Novel Award (2005) and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (2005).
Lawrence Patchett's (2005/6) I Got his Blood on Me, was published by Victoria University Press, 2012. A bloodied figure travels through time, a stepfather kicks a ball and curses a snack machine, a cranky ghost brakes a Kapiti train. From a reimagined history to a future where holograms walk the streets, these stories traverse time and genre to explore the frontiers that face the adventurous now and in the past.
Jennifer Gray's (2009/10) Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, was the winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award Younger Readers category for Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, (Faber, 2012), and has also written: Atticus Claw Settles a Score, Atticus Claw Lends a Paw, (Faber 2013), Atticus Claw Goes Ashore, Atticus Claw Learns to Draw (Faber, 2014), The Fabulous Chicken Sisters, Guinea Pigs Online Series (written with former City tutor Amanda Swift) (Quercus, 2012-14).
Campaspe Lloyd-Jacob, pen name Clare Jacob (2008/9) had her novel Ophelia in Pieces, published by Short Books in 2011 (paperback 2012). On the eve of her 39th birthday, top barrister Ophelia Dormandy decides she is going to make amends. Tonight, after months of late nights at her desk, she’s going to return home early, cook a special supper maybe even wear that red dress Patrick once said he liked. What happens when a high-flying barrister faces the trial of her life outside the courtroom.
Kirstan Hawkins' (2006/7), debut novel, Dona Nicanora's Hat-Shop was published by Random House in 2010. Intriguing and intoxicating, with a host of unforgettable characters in a magical setting, Doña Nicanora's Hat-Shop is a remarkable novel that dares to us to follow our dreams.
Penny Rudge's (2005/6) Foolish Lessons in Life and Love was published by Little Brown in 2010 and the Film & TV rights have been optioned to producer Diana Napper. Penny is currently working on her second novel, Ellie, about a girl with Usher’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder from which she herself suffers.