Tessa Hadley

Personal statement

Tessa Hadley teaches on the MA in Creative Writing, both workshops and a courses on The Short Story.

She has written six novels, Accidents in the Home, published by Jonathan Cape in February 2002, and by Holt in the US (this was longlisted for the Guardian First Book award); Everything Will Be All Right, Holt 2003, Cape 2004 (shortlisted for the Encore Award); The Master Bedroom, Cape and Holt, 2007 (longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Welsh Book of the Year award); The London Train, Cape and Harper Collins in the US, 2011 (longlisted for the Orange Prize); and Clever Girl, Cape and Harper Collins, 2013. Her latest novel, The Past, was published in 2015, and won the Hawthornden Prize in 2016. She has stories published regularly in The New Yorker, and also in Granta and the Guardian; Sunstroke, a collection of stories, was published in January 2007, and was shortlisted for The Story Award in the US. A second collection, Married Love, came out in January 2012 ( and was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor prize). Her story 'Bad Dreams' was shortlisted for the BBC short story prize in 2014, and a new collection, also called Bad Dreams, was published January 2017.

She has written a book on Henry James, Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002, and reviews regularly for the London Review of Books and the Guardian.

She gave a paper on 'teaching difficult texts' at the Henry James Society conference in Rome in 2011, and contributed a chapter on JM Coetzee's Disgrace to the collection The Good of the Novel, Faber, 2011. She was a judge for the IMPAC literary prize 2011, and for the BBC Short Story Award 2011, and Welsh Book of the Year 2014. She is an external examiner for the UEA MA Creative Writing (Prose), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. She gave a keynote lecture at the Henry James Society conference in Aberdeen 2014.

In 2016 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD University of the West of England
  • PGCE Cambridge
  • MA Bath Spa University College
  • BA(Hons) Cambridge.

Teaching specialism

  • Jane Austen and Henry James; Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bowen; The Short Story; Irish Writing; Nineteenth-century European novel; Creative Writing.

Research and academic outputs

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Late in the day

Hadley, T (2019) Late in the day. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9781787331112

Bad dreams and other stories

Hadley, T (2017) Bad dreams and other stories. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9781910702888

The past

Hadley, T (2015) The past. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224101691

Clever girl

Hadley, T (2013) Clever girl. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224096522

Married love and other stories

Hadley, T (2012) Married love and other stories. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224096423

The London train

Hadley, T (2011) The London train. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224090971

The master bedroom

Hadley, T (2007) The master bedroom. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224078542

Sunstroke and other stories

Hadley, T (2007) Sunstroke and other stories. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 224078216

Everything will be all right

Hadley, T (2004) Everything will be all right. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-224-07174-2

Accidents in the home

Hadley, T (2002) Accidents in the home. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-224-06230-1

Henry James and the imagination of pleasure

Hadley, T (2002) Henry James and the imagination of pleasure. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 521811694


Hadley, T (2011) 'Introduction.' In: Eva Trout. Vintage, London, ix-xviii. ISBN 9780099287742

Funny little snake

Hadley, T (2017) 'Funny little snake.' New Yorker, Oct 16. pp. 67-75. ISSN 0028-792X

Dido's lament

Hadley, T (2016) 'Dido's lament.' New Yorker, 92 (24). ISSN 0028-792X

Silk brocade

Hadley, T (2015) 'Silk brocade.' New Yorker, 91 (21). ISSN 0028-792X

One Saturday morning

Hadley, T (2014) 'One Saturday morning.' New Yorker, 90 (24). ISSN 0028-792X

Under the sign of the moon

Hadley, T (2014) 'Under the sign of the moon.' New Yorker, 90 (5). ISSN 0028-792X


Hadley, T (2013) 'Experience.' New Yorker, 88 (44). ISSN 0028-792X

An abduction

Hadley, T (2012) 'An abduction.' New Yorker, 88 (20). p. 78. ISSN 0028-792X

'What Maisie Knew': what teaching difficult texts helps us learn about reading

Hadley, T (2012) ''What Maisie Knew': what teaching difficult texts helps us learn about reading.' Henry James Review, 33 (3). pp. 272-276. ISSN 0273-0340

The stain

Hadley, T (2011) 'The stain.' New Yorker, 87 (35). p. 67. ISSN 0028-792X

Clever girl

Hadley, T (2011) 'Clever girl.' New Yorker, 87 (16). p. 66. ISSN 0028-792X


Hadley, T (2011) 'Honor.' New Yorker, 86 (47). p. 66. ISSN 0028-792X

The Trojan prince

Hadley, T (2010) 'The Trojan prince.' New Yorker, 86 (36). p. 76. ISSN 0028-792X

The godchildren

Hadley, T (2009) 'The godchildren.' New Yorker, 85 (32). p. 106. ISSN 0028-792X

Seated alone with a book

Hadley, T (2005) 'Seated alone with a book.' The Henry James Review, 26 (3). pp. 229-236. ISSN 1080-6555

James, Ruskin and Tintoretto

Hadley, T and Nichols, T (2002) 'James, Ruskin and Tintoretto.' The Henry James Review, 23 (3). pp. 294-303. ISSN 1080-6555

Dogs and their masters: stories by Thomas Mann and Tibor Dery

Hadley, T (2001) 'Dogs and their masters: stories by Thomas Mann and Tibor Dery.' Cambridge Quarterly, 30 (1). pp. 51-63. ISSN 0008-199X

The Aspern Papers: Henry James's ’Editorial Heart‘

Hadley, T (1997) 'The Aspern Papers: Henry James's ’Editorial Heart‘.' Cambridge Quarterly, 26 (4). pp. 314-324. ISSN 0008-199X

Pleasure and propriety in Henry James

Hadley, T and Hadley, T (1999) Pleasure and propriety in Henry James. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

The Writer's Dickens

Hadley, T (2011) The Writer's Dickens.

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