PortraitAnnabel Abbs grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters from the University of Kingston.

Her debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writing and the 2015 Spotlight First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award. the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2016 Waverton GoodRead Award. It was one of ten books selected for presentation at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Her short stories and journalism have appeared in various places including Mslexia,  The Guardian, The Irish Times, Weekend Australian Review, Elle, The Author, The Daily Telegraph, Psychologies and the Huffington Post. She has been profiled in Writing Magazine, Sussex Life, Next NZ, Litro and Female First, Her blog, www.kaleandcocoa.com, featured in the Daily Telegraph in August 2015 and May 2016. She lives in London and Sussex with her four children and an old labrador.

Her second novel (Frieda) tells the dramatic story of DH Lawrence’s elopement with Frieda, a married mother-of-three and German aristocrat, in 1912. It was selected as one of five novels to be presented to film directors at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair and will be published by TwoRoads in the UK, Hachette in  Australia (2018), and by Einaudi in Italy (2019).

Her first non-fiction book, The Age-Well Project, will be published by Little, Brown in 2019.

She is now working on her third novel, the story of Eliza Acton, Britain’s first domestic goddess and best-welling cookery book writer in the early Victorian period. She will be talking about Eliza and the history of food writing at Gladstone’s Library on Feb. 3rd, 2018.

Annabel tweets (sporadically) on books, writing and the arts at @annabelabbs.

She sponsors a scholarship/bursary for a mature student on the UEA Creative Writing MA. Find out more here.

Read some of Annabel’s recent articles on how and why she wrote her first novel at:

Why debut novelist Annabel Abbs has never taken a writing course

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Read Annabel’s articles on Lucia Joyce at: 




Hear Annabel discussing James Joyce on live radio at:


Read why Annabel is so passionate about the genre of biographical fiction:


More about Annabel from Female First  http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/10-things-like-readers-know-annabel-abbs-1015645.html and Litro https://www.litro.co.uk/2017/02/interview-annabel-abbs/

If you want to get in touch with Annabel, please contact: Sharon@zeitgeistmediagroup.com