The Pier Falls

The Pier Falls short stories, Jonathan Cape, 2016. “An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.” The Gun was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and won an O. Henry Prize in 2014. The title story The Pier Falls was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015. Bunny was the runner-up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2015.


Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 2010

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012
(winner of the St Cuthbert's Mill Award)

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, 2017

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017


Some of the artwork on the website is available for purchase via:

Sarah Wiseman Gallery
40-41 South Parade

01865 515123


The Other Sidea monologue for 5x15, 2018, 

"I will be forever grateful; what I owe the NHS”, Guardian, 2018,

“I’m going to keep giving to Oxfam, and so should you”, 2018,

Introduction to Postcard from the Past, ed. Tom Jackson, Fourth Estate, 2017

Introduction to States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness: an Anthology, ed. Anna Faherty, Wellcome Collection, 2016

My Writing Day: “I'm not a terribly good writer, but I'm a persistent editor”, Guardian, 2016,

Point of View: “'I’ve read too many beige short stories in my life”, Guardian, 2016,

A Report from Za’atari Refugee Camp, Daily Mail, 2015,

Flying & Swimming, a monologue for 5x15, 2012,

A Bushing from Cape Wrath, a monologue for 5 X 15, 2011,

The Right Words in the Right Order, essay, Stop What You’re doing and Read This!, Vintage, 2011

“I’m flattered, amazed, deeply moved and sometimes a little dizzy”, Q & A, Guardian, 2004,

B is for Bestseller, Guardian, 2004,


Boom! an updated version of Gridzbi Spudvetch, author and illustrator, David Fickling Books, 2010

Coming Down the Mountain

Coming Down the Mountain single drama, starring Tommy Jessop and Nick Hoult, directed by Julie Anne Robinson, BBC 2, 2007, BAFTA nomination 2008; winner of the RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Media AWARD 2008

Polar Bears

Polar Bears directed by Jamie Lloyd, starring Jodie May, Richard Coyle, Celia Imrie, Paul Hilton, David Leon, Skye Bennett and Alice Sykes, Donmar Warehouse, 2010; text published by Methuen, 2010. “’And I promise. I will carry on loving you when the lights go out. I will.’ One woman’s struggle to hang onto her sanity and the effect this has on those who love her.”

The Talking Horse, the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea

The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea Picador, 2005. “Here are bittersweet love-songs, comic set-pieces, lullabies, lucid and bold new version of Horace, wry postmodern shenanigans (including a note from the official board of censors on ’18 Certificate’ poetry), and an entire john Buchan novel condensed to five pages.”

The Porpoise

The Porpoise Chatto & Windus, May 2019. “A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail… So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore; in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler’s hand, and ghost women with lampreys’ teeth drag a man to hell – and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.”


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