We’re thrilled to announce that Nell Stevens (Fiction 2013) has sold her book to Picador in the UK, Doubleday in the US, and Knopf in Canada! The book, called Bleaker House, is part memoir, part travelogue, and part short story collection. It documents Nell’s time in the Falklands as she desperately tries–and fails–to write a novel, navigates intense loneliness, and comes up with ridiculous processes to keep herself sane on isolated Bleaker Island.
Nell says, “Writing Bleaker House gave me the chance to rehabilitate and laugh at an experience that felt, at times, like a disaster – its publication with Picador is a great happy ending to that adventure.”
Congratulations, Nell! We can’t wait to read about your adventure.
Nell Stevens has a First in English and Creative Writing from Warwick, after which she went on to study Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard, and to receive a Marcia Trimble Fellowship and the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award for her MFA in Fiction at Boston University. She is currently researching a PhD in Victorian literature at King’s College London. She was a finalist in the 2011 Elle magazine Writing Talent Contest, and a runner up in both the 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Short Story Prize.