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Sophie Hannah was born in 1971 in Manchest

er. She was educated at the University of Manchester, where she studied English Literature and Spanish. Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, she currently teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University's Writing School. She was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 1995 and was a Patron for the Swansea Year of Literature in the same year.

She is the author of several novels, including Gripless (1999), Cordial and Corrosive (2000), The Superpower of Love (2001),  the psychological thriller, Little Face (2006) and Hurting Distance (2007). Her latest books are The Point of Rescue (2008) and The Other Half Lives (2009).

She also writes for children and is the author of several collections of poetry, including Hotels Like Houses (1996), which was awarded an Arts Council Writers' Award, and Leaving and Leaving You (1999). In 2008 she edited an anthology of poems for young people, The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To, with John Hegley.

Her collection of poetry  Pessimism for Beginners (2007), was shortlisted for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize.

Sophie Hannah lives in West Yorkshire. In 2004, she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets.


Carrot the Goldfish   Hamish Hamilton, 1992

Early Bird Blues   Smith/Doorstop, 1993

Second Helping of Your Heart   Crabflower, 1994

The Hero and the Girl Next Door   Carcanet, 1995

Hotels Like Houses   Carcanet, 1996

Gripless   Arrow, 1999

Leaving and Leaving You   Carcanet, 1999

Cordial and Corrosive   Arrow, 2000

Love Me Slender   Duffy & Snellgrove (Australia), 2000

The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My/Tove Jansson   (translator)   Sort of Books, 2001

The Box Room   Orchard Books, 2001

The Superpower of Love   Century, 2001

First of the Last Chances   Carcanet, 2003

Who Will Comfort Toffle?/Tove Jansson   (translator)   Sort of Books, 2003

Little Face   Hodder & Stoughton, 2006

Hurting Distance   Hodder & Stoughton, 2007

Pessimism for Beginners   Carcanet, 2007

We All Say What We Want   Sort of Books, 2007

The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets   Sort of Books, 2008

The Point of Rescue   Hodder & Stoughton, 2008

The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To   (editor with John Hegley)   Diamond Twig, 2008

The Other Half Lives   Hodder & Stoughton, 2009

Prizes and awards

1995   Eric Gregory Award

1996   Arts Council Writers' Award   Hotels Like Houses

2007   T. S. Eliot Prize   (shortlist)   Pessimism for Beginners

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