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About

Scarlett Thomas is the author of nine books. Her most recent publications include The Seed Collectors, 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.

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Publications

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Book
Thomas, S. (2015). The Seed Collectors. Canongate.
Thomas, S. (2012). Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd.
Thomas, S. (2011). Our Tragic Universe. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd.
Thomas, S. (2007). The End of Mr. Y. United Kingdom: Canongate Book Ltd.
Thomas, S. (2005). PopCo. Harvest Books.
Book section
Thomas, S. (2012). "The Birthday Candles". in: Glenn, J. and Walker, R. eds. Significant Objects. New York: Fantagraphics, pp. 17-17.
Thomas, S. (2009). "Paint a vulgar picture". in: Wild, P. ed. Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction inspired by The Smiths. London: Serpent's Tail, pp. 211-220.
Thomas, S. (2005). "Four". in: Matter 05. Mews Press, pp. 85-98.
Article
Thomas, S. (2015). Ecco perché i libri erotici non sono solo "sfumature". La Repubblica [Online]:6-6. Available at: http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2015/08/11/ecco-perche-i-libri-erotici-non-sono-solo-sfumature38.html.
Thomas, S. (2015). Forget EL James, let's have some real dirty fiction. The Guardian [Online]:17-17. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/04/forget-el-james-lets-have-some-real-dirty-fiction.
Thomas, S. (2015). Nowhere to run: did my fitness addiction make me ill? The Guardian [Online]:20-24. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/07/fitness-addiction-ill-scarlett-thomas.
Thomas, S. (2014). Love match: how I finally got to play at Wimbledon. The Guardian [Online]:20-24. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/06/love-match-how-finally-got-to-play-wimbledon.
Thomas, S. (2006). "Paratext": Step into another world. Nature Magazine 441:548-548.
Thomas, S. and Borisov, D. (2004). How do you Say Kitten Heels in Russian? Guardian Weekend [Online]:26-31. Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/sep/11/fiction.features.
Thomas, S. (2004). Sofa Sagas. Daily Telegraph "Music on Thursday" [Online]:19. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/10/21/bmstreet21.xml.
Internet publication
Thomas, S. (2011). The Drop [Digital short story]. Available at: http://uk.tomorrow-projects.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/intel-labs-tomorrow-project-compilation.pdf.
Other
Thomas, S. (2009). "Caffeine". Independent on Sunday [Print magazine].
Thomas, S. (2006). "In the multiverse, novels are all true" (Interview with Andrew Crumey). [Print newspaper].
Thomas, S. (2006). "The Photocopier Guy Makes Good" (Interview with George Saunders). [Print newspaper].
Thomas, S. (2006). "The Architects' Assistant". Independent on Sunday [Print newspaper].
Thomas, S. (2004). The Whole Country. Zembla Magazine [Print magazine]:90-94.
Thomas, S. (2004). Interlude. Product Magazine [Print magazine]:38-40.
Audio
Thomas, S. (2013). Winter Walks: The Essay on BBC Radio 3. [Radio]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qqsl6.
Thomas, S. (2010). Algorithms. [Radio].
Thomas, S. (2008). Five Easy Ways With Chilli. [Radio Short Story]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ctwxf.
Thomas, S. (2005). "Brother and Sister and Foot". [BBC Radio 4].
Review
Thomas, S. (2015). David Mitchell's Slade House. New York Times Book Review [Online]:18-18. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/books/review/david-mitchells-slade-house.html?_r=0.
Thomas, S. (2015). Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances by Neil Gaiman review vivid tales with a twist. The Guardian [Online]:14-14. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/19/trigger-warning-short-fictions-and-disturbances-neil-gaiman-review-vivid-tales-twist.
Thomas, S. (2015). Kelly Link's Get in Trouble. New York Times Book Review [Online]:17-17. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/books/review/kelly-links-get-in-trouble.html.
Thomas, S. (2014). The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh. The Sunday Times [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/fiction/article1385785.ece.
Thomas, S. (2014). Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto family life and mental turmoil in Bombay. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/03/em-and-the-big-hoom-jerry-pinto-family-life-bombay.
Thomas, S. (2013). How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/11/sheila-heti-how-should-person-be.
Thomas, S. (2012). Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jul/11/hawthorn-child-keith-ridgway-review.
Thomas, S. (2012). The New Republic by Lionel Shriver. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jun/08/new-republic-lionel-shriver-review.
Thomas, S. (2012). Umbrella by Will Self. The Sunday Times [Online]:16-16. Available at: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/fiction/article1103991.ece.
Thomas, S. (2012). Talullah Rising by Glen Duncan. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/apr/05/talulla-rising-glen-duncan-review.
Thomas, S. (2012). The Cook by Wayne Macauley. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/dec/13/the-cook-wayne-acauley-review.
Thomas, S. (2011). City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. The Guardian [Online]:16-16. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/14/city-bohane-kevin-barry-review.
Thomas, S. (2011). Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. The Guardian [Online]:16-16. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/apr/09/karen-russell-swamplandia-review.
Thomas, S. (2010). Boxer, beetle by Ned Beauman. The Guardian [Online]:17-17. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/aug/14/boxer-beetle-ned-beauman-review.
Thomas, S. (2010). Player Oone by Douglas Coupland. The Guardian [Online]:15-15. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/16/player-one-douglas-coupland-review.
Thomas, S. (2010). William Gibson's Zero history. New York Times Book Review [Online]:24-24. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/books/review/Thomas-t.html?_r=0.
Thomas, S. (2010). Book of a Lifetime: Chekhov: A Life in Letters. The Independent [Online]:16-16. Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/book-of-a-lifetime-a-life-in-letters-by-anton-chekhov-2009631.html.
Thomas, S. (2010). C by Tom McCarthy. The FT [Online]:17-17. Available at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c63f0cda-a668-11df-8767-00144feabdc0.html.
Thomas, S. (2010). The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore. The FT [Online]:17-17. Available at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/768336e4-48da-11df-8af4-00144feab49a.html#axzz3uNlCIkAu.
Thomas, S. (2007). Les liaisons dangereux Choderlos De Laclos; Book of a lifetime . Independent Arts & Book Review:0-0.
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Teaching

During the academic year 2016/17, Scarlett will be teaching on:

EN891 Fiction 1 (postgraduate)

EN839 Writing and the Environment (postgraduate)

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Research supervision

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.

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Last Updated: 28/11/2016