A Little About Me



I am a writer based in Norwich, UK. I grew up in Yorkshire, but when I was eight my parents announced we were moving to Hong Kong. We had never been to China before. In fact, none of us had ever been to Asia! We lived in Hong Kong for ten years until I moved back to the UK to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

After working for Random House, I studied for the Masters in Creative Writing at UEA, where I wrote my first novel, The Godless Boys. This was published in the UK (Picador) and Norway (Font) in 2011. The film option to The Godless Boys has been sold, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some wonderful people on the screenplay. More on that soon… hopefully.

I stayed on at UEA for a fully-funded PhD: this was where Mrs. Hemingway was born. Research has taken me as far afield as Chicago, Boston, Key West, Cuba, Antibes and Paris. I also spent time as a resident scholar at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and was the British Library’s 2012 Eccles Centre Writer in ResidentMrs. Hemingway had been published in fifteen countries and the TV option has been sold. More on that soon, again!

For the past few years I have been working on my third novel called The Hiding Game, which takes place in the first modern art school – the Bauhaus – in Germany before the Nazis came to power. It will be published in June 2019 with Picador and Hoffman und Campe in Germany, in the centenary year of the Bauhaus art school.

I am very proud to teach on the MA in Creative Writing at my alma mater, the University of East Anglia. I have also taught at Goldsmiths, where I was one of the 2017 judges of the Goldsmiths Prize.  I am also the Young Patrons Ambassador at the British Library.


Credit: Ben Meadows

5 thoughts on “A Little About Me

  1. Hi Naomi – i just finished watching your interview on the BBC – Meet the Author – and thought you were fantastic, especially on that very unfair question at the end!! I am intrigued and will certainly be seeking out your book to read. Best, Kate

  2. Loved loved Mrs H. Beautifully written, engaging and totally tantalising. I will now go purchase The Godless Boys. With thanks, Tanya

  3. Naomi, much enjoyed your talk at the Greenwich book festival which has inspired me to seek out both Mrs Hemingway and The Old Man and the Sea. Just wondering if Old Man is the right introduction to H? Which of his novels would you recommend I start with, given I am a writer in my thirties? PS Good luck with parenting – those first few months are tough but it does get easier!

    • TOMATS is a great intro to Hem! Other than that I’d perhaps suggest to start at the beginning with my fave The Sun Also Rises. Good luck with your own writing! Naomi x

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