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Scarlett Thomas

Reader; Director of Creative Writing

School of English

Office: NC 37

Scarlett Thomas is the author of nine books. Her most recent publications include Monkeys with Typewriters; Our Tragic Universe; and The End of Mr. Y. Her work has been translated into 24 languages, longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize and shortlisted for the South African Boeke Prize. In 2001 she was included in the Independent on Sunday's list of the UK's 20 best young writers, and in 2002 she won an Elle Style Award for the novel Going Out. In 2010 she was Selected by the Telegraph as one of the best 20 novelists under 40. She has written short fiction, reviews and articles for various anthologies and publications, including Nature Magazine, the Guardian and the New York Times. She has also had stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and nature writing broadcast on Radio 3. She has read at many literary festivals and music festivals. She is currently working on a new novel, The Seed Collectors.

Scarlett is interested in supervising innovative, contemporary novels at MA and PhD levels. She is interested in novels of ideas, contemporary realism, magical realism, mathematical novels, and work with a strong sense of place and deep characterisation.

She is currently supervising or co-supervising 10 PhD projects, all of which are novels.

Scarlett Thomas is currently Director of Creative Writing.

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Selected Publications


  • 2012: Monkeys with Typewriters UK/US publication: Canongate
  • 2010: Our Tragic Universe
  • UK publication: Canongate; U.S. publication: Harcourt. Translations: Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Slovakian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish. Audio book and large print editions.

  • 2006/7: The End of Mr. Y
  • UK Publication: Canongate, 2007; U.S. publication: Harcourt, 2006
    Separate Canadian and Australian publication, plus 24 translations.

  • 2004: PopCo
  • UK Publication: 4th Estate; U.S. publication: Harcourt, 2005. Reisse with a new jacket by Canongate in 2008. Russian publication: Eksmo, 2006; Also translated into Spanish, Italian, Czech and Korean

  • 2002: Going Out
  • UK Publication: 4th Estate; U.S. publication: Random House, 2004
    Russian publication: Eksmo, 2004; Italian publication: Newton & Compton, 2011. Reissue with new jacket by Canongate 2012.

  • 2001: Bright Young Things
  • UK Publication: Hodder & Stoughton
    Russian publication: Eksmo, 2004; Italian publication: Newton & Compton, 2010. Reissue with new jacket by Canongate 2012

Short stories:

  • 2010: “The Drop” commissioned by Intel Europe
  • 2010: “Algorithms”: Radio4, Broadcast May 19th
  • 2010: “The Birthday Candles”: commissioned by the Significant Objects project in NYC
  • 2009: “Caffeine”: The Lifted Brow Magazine (Australia)
  • 2009: “Paint a Vulgar Picture”: Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths, Serpent’s Tail
  • 2008: “Five Easy Ways With Chilli” Radio 4, broadcast August 8th
  • 2006: “The Architects’ Assistant”: Independent on Sunday, 22nd October
  • 2006: “Paratext”: Nature Magazine, 25th May
  • 2005: “Brother and Sister and Foot”: Curly Tales series on Radio 4, August
  • 2005: “Four”: Matter 05 Ed. Tina Jackson Mews Press, Page 85-98
  • 2005: “Interlude”: Product Magazine Winter 04-05 Page 38-40
  • 2004: “The Whole Country”: Zembla Magazine Summer Page 90-94
  • 2003: “Why My Grandmother Learned to Play the Flute”: Curly Tales series on Radio 4, November 


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Last Updated: 16/09/2013