Annabel 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. She lives with her family in London and Sussex. 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 Good Read Award. It was a Reader Pick in The Guardian 2016 and was one of ten books selected for presentation at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. It was published by Impress in the UK, Hachette in Australia/NZ, Aufbau Verlag in Germany, Galaxia Gutenberg in Spain, Hep Kitap in Turkey, with translations to follow in Bulgaria, Russia and Poland. In 2018 it was acquired by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, in the United States. It is currently being adapted for the stage.
Her second novel, Frieda, was one of five novels selected for presentation to film directors at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair. It was published in September 2018 in Australia and New Zealand by Hachette and in November 2018 in the UK by Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray Press. It has sold in several countries including Italy, Turkey and Hungary. In December 2018 it was declared a Times Book of the Year, as well as being reviewed in The Observer, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Lady, Red, Good Housekeeping and Stylist (see Reviews section). Annabel was also invited onto BBC Woman’s Hour to discuss Frieda.
She has recently completed her third novel, the story of Eliza Acton, Britain’s first domestic goddess, and a best-selling cookery book writer (as well as a poet) in the early Victorian period. Her first non-fiction book, The Age-Well Project, will be published by Little, Brown in 2019, co-written with TV producer, Susan Crook Saunders, and based on their acclaimed blog agewellproject.com, recently longlisted for the 2018 UK Blog Award. Annabel’s short stories and journalism have appeared in various places including The Guardian, Tatler, The Irish Times, Weekend Australian Review, Elle, Sydney Morning Post, The Author, The Daily Telegraph, Psychologies Magazine, Mslexia and the Huffington Post. She has been profiled in Writing Magazine, Sussex Life, Next NZ, Litro and Female First and speaks regularly at literary festivals. She sponsors a scholarship/bursary for a mature student on the UEA Creative Writing MA. Find out more here.
Annabel tweets (sporadically) on books, writing and the arts at @annabelabbs.