Fiona Melrose

About the author

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Fiona came to writing relatively late, having had various careers in academia and political analysis for NGO's and the private sector. She has spent much of her adult like in the UK, London and Suffolk in particular and continues to keep a foot in both continents. She is currently writing her third novel.

She is represented by Jo Unwin at Jo Unwin Literary Agency.


FICTION: Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy, Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga.

AUDIO: Between Them, Richard Ford (non-fiction) Exquisite memoir of RF's parents, read by the author.

NON-FICTION: A Woman Looking At Men Looking aAt Women, Siri Hustvedt, The Grasmere & Alfoxen Journals, Dorothy Wordsworth

There is a lot of wonderful fiction that is really exciting me at the moment, much of it exploring the limits of the novel as a form. I am not yet finished reading Arundhati Roy's new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness but it seems to nudge the margins of the novel in form.  It encompasses so many divergent threads and seemingly incidental strands. I admit I am not finding it a comfortable read. Also recently read,  Lincoln in The Bardo is exemplary in this but I also think of Grief Is The Thing With Fears and Eowyn Ivey's To The Bright Edge Of The World. I am very excited about the extent to which the novel can stretch and the skill and control of the writers interrogating its form. I adored reading Do not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien and am still processing its reach. It is an extraordinary book.