Lucy Ellmann has published seven novels: Sweet Desserts (winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize), Varying Degrees of Hopelessness, Man or Mango? A Lament, Dot in the Universe, Doctors & Nurses, Mim, and, in 2019, Ducks, Newburyport (shortlisted for the Booker and winner of the Goldsmiths Prize).
Her short stories have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. She has taught fiction at the Arvon Foundation and for three years was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent. Her screenplay, The Spy Who Caught a Cold, was broadcast on Channel 4.
She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Edinburgh and Dundee. For some time she was a regular TV reviewer and columnist for the Independent on Sunday and New Statesman and Society, and has reviewed art and books for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Independent, Time Out, Art Monthly, the Times Literary Supplement, the Telegraph, the Herald, the Scottish Review of Books, The Evergreen, Bookforum, and other publications. Longer articles have appeared in the online magazine Aeon and The Baffler.
Ducks, Newburyport, ‘a wildly ambitious and righteously angry portrait of contemporary America’ (Observer), was described in the Bookseller as ‘a modernist masterpiece’. It was published in the UK by Galley Beggar Press on July 4, 2019, and in the US and Canada in September 2019 by Biblioasis. It has also come out in India and Australia. Several translations are in progress.
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