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Creative Writing Professors make The New York Times most notable books list

Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Professor Naomi Alderman and Professor Tessa Hadley who teach on Bath Spa University's Creative Writing course have been featured in The New York Times  100 Notable Books of 2017 list.

The list showcases the best fiction and non-fiction books, and poetry of 2017, selected by editors of The New York Times Book Review. The Power by Naomi Alderman and Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Professor Tessa Hadley were listed as two of this year's most notable fiction books.

Naomi is the author of four novels, including The Power, which won this year's Bailey's Women's Fiction Prize. The science-fiction novel is set in a dystopian future where women can kill men with a single touch.

In 2013, Naomi was named as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Her short fiction has appeared in Prospect, on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies.

Tessa Hadley is the author of six novels and three collections of short stories, including Bad Dreams and Other Stories. Her stories have been published in The Guardian and Granta. In 2016, she won the Hawthornden Prize and the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

Naomi said: "I'm delighted to appear on the list in such esteemed company."

Tessa said: "I am glad to have had my novel selected for The New York Times Notable Books list along with so many splendid books."

In September, Bath Spa University celebrated 25 years of Creative Writing excellence and launched an anthology entitled A Place in Words, which contained work by its most celebrated alumni and staff. You can order a copy here.

Bath Spa University delivers one of the most successful Creative Writing courses in the United Kingdom. Bath Spa graduates have won prestigious awards and secured numerous international publishing deals. Many graduates regularly come back to the University to teach and share their successes with new aspiring novelists.


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