Bestselling authors

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce (BA 1983)

    Author of The Sunday Times and international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2013), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

  • The GruffaloJulia Donaldson MBE (BA 1970)

    Bestselling children's writer, author of the UK's top selling picture book, The Gruffalo (1999), and the 2011-2013 Children’s Laureate.

  • The Best Exotic Marigold HotelDeborah Moggach (BA 1970, Hon DLitt 2005)

    Author of seventeen novels, including These Foolish Things which was made into the critically acclaimed film,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. BAFTA-nominated for her Pride and Prejudice screenplay starring Keira Knightley.

  • One DayDavid Nicholls (BA 1988)

    Author and screenwriter, best known for One Day and Starter for Ten. Nicholls' latest novel, Us, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

  • The Thirteenth TaleDiane Setterfield (BA 1986)

    Author whose acclaimed debut, The Thirteenth Tale, went straight to the top of New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly charts when it was published in 2006.

  • The Tenderness of WolvesStef Penney (BA 1987)

    Debut novel,The Tenderness of Wolves, was winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2006 and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2008.

  • The Bad Mother's HandbookKate Long (BA 1987)

    Author of The Bad Mother’s Handbook, that was later serialised by ITV and starred Catherine Tate. Other books include Swallowing Grandma, Queen Mum and The Daughter Game.

  • SleepwalkingJulie Myerson (BA 1982)

    Fiction and non-fiction author, whose novels include Sleepwalking, The Touch, Me and The Fat Man, Laura Blundy and Something Might Happen.