readings from the novels
the book of safe-keeping
Literary agent: Bill.Hamilton@amheath.com
Grace McCleen is a writer living in London. She was raised in a fundamentalist religion and initially intended to be an evangeliser when she left school. She applied to university at the prompting of my English teacher and was given an unconditional offer to read English Literature at Oxford despite having only two 'A' levels at the time because higher education was not enoucraged within the religion. She received a double first and went on to complete an M.A. by Research at York University, for which she was awarded distinction.
During a long period of ill-health in her twenties Grace was accepted onto the Creative Writing M.A. at the university of East Anglia but was unable to attend. She began writing her novels using speech-recognition software because at that time she could not use her arms.
Her debut novel, The Land of Decoration (published in 2012 by Chatto and Windus), won the Betty Trask award and the Desmond Elliott prize and has been optioned to be made into a film. Her second novel, The Professor of Poetry (published in 2013 by Sceptre), was shortlisted for the Encore Award. Her third novel, The Offering (published in 2015 by Sceptre), won the Jerwood Prize and was longlisted for the Bailey's prize. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. Her reviews have appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Observer, The Independent, The T.L.S., the literary magazine Boundless and elsewhere.
In 2016 Grace was writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, producing a collection of poetry. In 2017 she worked at the Centre for New Writing at Manchester University, giving one-to-one tutorials and seminars to Creative Writing M.A. and some PhD students.
On this website you can read excerpts from Grace's books and explore some of her earlier work.