Melissa Harrison was born in Surrey in 1975 and studied English Literature at Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours in 1996. She worked in non-fiction publishing for several years before moving into magazines and eventually fiction – her first novel, Clay, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2013.
Melissa won the John Muir Trust’s ‘Wild Writing’ Award in 2010 and was a Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2014. She delivered one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, spoke about landscape and Englishness at The Southbank’s Changing Britain festival, and has appeared on Radio 4’s Open Book and The Arts Show on Radio 2.
Melissa’s second novel At Hawthorn Time was published by Bloomsbury in April 2015 and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award. She also writes for the Nature Notes column in The Times.
Agent Name: Jenny Hewson