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harrietpicHarriet Lane’s debut Alys, Always was a   You Book Club choice, longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book award. Her second novel Her is out now, published by W&N. Little, Brown will publish Her in the US in 2015.


Top reads

These are the books Harriet enjoyed most this year. Bliss and Other Stories/The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield, My Grandmothers and I by Diana Holman-Hunt, The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall, and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (even better second time around, if such a thing is possible)

On lessons learned

‘Most of my classmates hated Observations (so boring!) but I loved them. I loved the discipline: the accumulation of detail and the curious heady pleasure of finding exactly the right word, the only word that would fit, like a key in a lock.’ More on Bookanista