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. It was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award. She also writes for the Nature Notes column in The Times. Her meditation on the English landscape, Rain: Four Walks in English Weather, was published by Faber in 2016 and subsequently longlisted for the Wainwright Nature and Travel writing Prize. Her third novel All Among the Barley was published by Bloomsbury in August 2018.