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Samantha Harvey

Biography

Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey is the author of four novels --- THE WILDERNESS, ALL IS SONG, DEAR THIEF and THE WESTERN WIND --- and of a memoir, THE SHAPELESS UNEASE.

Her novels have been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, the Walter Scott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and the HWA Gold Crown Award. THE WILDERNESS was the winner of the AMI Literature Award and the Betty Trask Prize, and THE WESTERN WIND won the 2019 Staunch Book Prize.

She lives in Bath, UK, and is a Reader in creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Samantha Harvey

Books by Samantha Harvey

by Samantha Harvey - Memoir, Nonfiction

In 2016, Samantha Harvey began to lose sleep. She tried everything to appease her wakefulness: from medication to therapy, changes in her diet to changes in her living arrangements. Nothing seemed to help. THE SHAPELESS UNEASE is Harvey’s darkly funny and deeply intelligent anatomy of her insomnia, an immersive interior monologue of a year without one of the most basic human needs. Original and profound, and narrated with a lucid breathlessness, this is a startlingly insightful exploration of memory, writing and influence, death and the will to survive.

by Samantha Harvey - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

It’s 1491. In the small village of Oakham, its wealthiest and most industrious resident, Tom Newman, is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. Was it murder, suicide or an accident? Narrated from the perspective of local priest John Reve --- patient shepherd to his wayward flock --- a shadowy portrait of the community comes to light through its residents’ tortured revelations. As some of their darkest secrets are revealed, the intrigue of the unexplained death ripples through the congregation. But will Reve, a man with secrets of his own, discover what happened to Newman? And what will happen if he can’t?