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. She received a double First at Oxford then went on to complete an M.A. by Research at York University, for which she was awarded Distinction.
Her freelance work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Observer, The Independent, The T.L.S., the literary magazine Boundless and elsewhere. Her debut novel, The Land of Decoration (2012), 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 (2013), was shortlisted for the Encore Award. Her third novel, The Offering (2015), won the Jerwood Prize and was longlisted for the Bailey's prize. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.
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.
Grace has stopped writing novels for the time being and turned her attention to music. On this website you can read excerpts of her books, listen to her songs and explore some of her earlier work.