Granta – ‘Betrayal’ Issue

Granta Betrayal, launched January 2013, includes my short story ‘Flowers Appear On The Earth’.

The story is set on the fictional island of Tre, which lies off the southwest tip of England, and is about the aftermath of an explosion in the island’s chemical dye factory.

‘Five weeks after the disaster at the end of July, the islanders trooped from the church of St Helene to the eastern promontory. At the front of the cortège was the vicar and those carrying urns. These men and women tucked the urns in the crooks of their arms, or held them with both hands, solicitous and anxious, or clasped them to their chests. Behind those the rest of the islanders, who carried bouquets and spades. At the back, the small party of cameramen and journalists for whom the island’s acrid smell was new and who could be seen now and again flinching where it collected in sheltered dips. Their track followed a gentle descent along the southern edge of the island . . . ‘

(Alas, you will have to buy or borrow the Granta issue to read more.)

The issue features writing by, amongst others, Mohsin Hamid, Janine di Giovanni, John Burnside and a brilliant short story by Colin Robinson.

Worlds Literature Festival – Norwich

A five day gathering of writers from around the world, discussing Memoir, Fiction and Truth. Organised by the Writers’ Centre Norwich.

From left to right: Rebecca Swift, Samantha Harvey, Frances Leviston, Eleanor Catton, Joe Dunthorne, JM Coetzee

From left to right: Rebecca Swift, Samantha Harvey, Frances Leviston, Eleanor Catton, Joe Dunthorne, JM Coetzee

Book Of A Lifetime: All The Names, By José Saramago

Article in the Independent

I was given a copy of José Saramago’s ‘All the Names’ by a dear friend one Christmas. In the first few days of January, I came down with flu for the first time in my life – a proper sweating, shivering, aching and feverish flu that made me fairly sure I was dying. It was in the hours of reprieve here and there, when I was able to sit up and open my eyes, that I began reading Saramago’s novel…


The Culture Show’s 12 Best New British Novelists

On 5th March 2011, Samantha Harvey was named by BBC2’s Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Novelists. You can find more information about that show here, and read about the 12 novelists chosen in the coverage in The Guardian.

The Culture Show ’12 Best New British Novelists’

FiveBooks on Mental Illness

Interview for FiveBooks

The author discusses books on mental illness, explaining the conditions that keep us sane and the effects of removing them. Recommendations include Sartre, Coetzee, and John Bayley on Iris Murdoch . . .

‘The Wilderness’ announced winner of the 2009 Betty Trask Prize

‘The Wilderness’ is announced the winner of the 2009 Betty Trask Prize.

‘The Wilderness’ shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction

The Wilderness is shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.

You can read related articles in The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph.

Harpers Bazaar – Stars of 2009

Feature article ‘Stars of 2009′

“The book’s account of the unraveling effect of Alzheimer’s disease is so vivid it is hard to believe it was written by a 33 year old.”


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