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Scarlett Thomas

Veronique Baxter
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Rhian Kane


Scarlett Thomas was born in London. She is the author of highly acclaimed contemporary cult novels including The Ed of Mr. Y, Oligarchy, The Seed Collectors, Popco, and the Worldquake series of middle-grade books. Her novels have sold over half a million copies worldwide, and been translated into 26 languages. Scarlett is Professor of Creative Writing and Contemporary Fiction at the University of Kent, where for the last 18 years she has run writing seminars and mentored junior staff and emerging writers. Her book on writing fiction, Monkeys with Typewriters, is popular with both established and beginning writers. Scarlett is currently working on a new novel, a book about storytelling and various projects for television.


‘Muriel Spark’s disreputable niece’ Spectator 

‘Wickedly funny’ The Times

‘Thomas’s humor has a sharp, rhythmic perfection’ New York Times

‘One of the most startling, unpredictable writers of her generation’ Scotsman

‘Brash, bizarre and original’ NPR 

‘Entrancing’ Neil Gaiman

‘Ingenious and original’ Philip Pullman

‘Wonderful’ William Gibson


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