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Keep updated with alumni news and discover an extensive list of published graduates of City's Novel Studio short course.

Alumni news

Shakrukh Husain

nullShahrukh Husain’s (2004/5) The Virago Book of Witches has been reissued for 2019 with a new preface written by Shah. This follows hot on the heels of the ITV screening of her six-part series ‘Beecham House’ set in India in the late 18th century.

Jennifer Gray

nullJennifer Gray (2009/10) has published the latest in her Ermine Adventure series, The Big London Treasure Hunt (Usbourne, 2019). Jennifer combines writing award-winning children’s fiction with her work as a practising barrister.

Mike Clarke

nullMike Clarke (2009/10) has published a short story collection, Gluten Tolerant, which brings together seven stories all of which were selected and performed by Liars’ League, the award-winning live fiction evening run by City tutor Katy Darby.

Deepa Anappara

null Deepa Anappara (2010/11) has sold her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, to Chatto & Windus in a nine strong auction for UK and Commonwealth Rights. The book has now been translated into 16 languages.

Deepa won the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award for the same novel, a “completely assured” tale set in the slums of an Indian city, as well as the Lucy Cavendish College prize 2018 and the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award.

Before turning her hand to fiction., Deepa was an award-winning journalist in India for eleven years. Her short fiction has also won prizes, including the Asham Award and the Asian Writer Short Story Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she is currently studying for a Creative-Critical Writing PhD on a CHASE doctoral fellowship.  Due out in early 2020, Deepa’s novel has already gained some extraordinary reviews, with Ian McEwan calling it ‘a brilliant debut.’

Kiare Ladner

Kiare Ladner (2010/11) has sold her debut novel, Nightshift, to Picador in a pre-emptive bid. Associate Publisher, Ravi Mirchandani, has called the novel “an immensely exciting debut.” Kiare’s book will be published in July 2020.

Hannah Begbie

Hannah Begbie has won The Romantic Novelists' Association's (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for new writers for her novel Mother (HarperCollins).

Hannah Begbie

nullHannah Begbie (2015/16) has a second novel due out in July 2020, also with HarperFiction.

Blurred Lines is a psychological thriller set in the pre #metoo film industry which explores the complicated choices one woman must make about whether or not to expose her powerful boss.

Greg Keen

nullHot on the heels of his first two crime novels, Greg Keen (2014/15) has published a third book, Soho Angel, to add to his urban noir series with Amazon's crime imprint Thomas & Mercer (2015).

Other published Novel Studio alumni

Remy Salters

nullRemy Salters (2005/6) debut novel Buttefly Ranch, with Matador Press in 2018. 

Developed while on The Novel Studio, the novel is set in a remote jungle lodge in Southern Belize, where a local policeman investigates the mysterious disappearance of a world-famous reclusive author.

In 2018 the book won an International Rubery Book Award for fiction, the People’s Book Prize and a Chill with a Book Reader’s prize.

Hannah Begbie

nullHannah Begbie (2015/16) published her debut novel, Mother, with HarperFiction in 2018. In the same year she won The Romantic Novelists' Association's (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

Hannah studied Art History at Cambridge University and went on to become a talent agent, representing BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning writers and comedians.

In 2015 she joined the board of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, to raise awareness and advocate for the CF community. She also enrolled in The Novel Studio course at City, winning that year’s new writing prize, and developing what was to become her debut novel.

TV rights for her debut have now been sold to Clerkenwell Films following a four-way auction, with The Crown screenwriter, Tom Edge (Begbie’s husband) attached.

Harriet Tyce

nullHarriet Tyce (2010/11) published her debut thriller, Blood Orange, with Wildfire Books in 2019.

The book has since been optioned for television by World Productions, the team behind ‘Bodyguard’.

Earlier this year, Harriet also initiated and supported a fully funded scholarship for one Novel Studio student from a low-income household.

Greg Keen

nullGreg Keen (2014/15) has published two novels with Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint, Thomas & Mercer: Soho dead (2017), developed while he was on the Novel Studio, and Soho Ghost (2018).

Nicole Dutu

Nicole Dutu (2009/10) published her debut novel, How I Defeated Dracula (Libris Editorial, 2017).

Anna Mazzola

null Anna Mazzola's (2014/15) debut historical novel, The Unseeing, was published by Tinder Press in July 2016

Her second novel, The Story Keeper, also Tinder Press, was published in 2018.

Rachel Mann

nullRachel 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.

Neil Griffiths

nullNeil 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

nullMike 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

nullKit 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

nullRuth Rudherham's (2011) debut novel Enemy of the Earth was published by Pig Hog Press in Autumn 2014.

Pig Hog Press promise 'an enthralling thriller and family drama from a brilliant young writer.'

Alexandra Cameron

nullAlexandra 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

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

nullLawrence 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

nullJennifer 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

nullCampaspe 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

nullKirstan 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

nullPenny 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.

Shahrukh Husain

nullShahrukh Husain (2004/5) has published her novel, A Restless Wind, with Picador India.

Shah is a prolific writer for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction, stage and screen.