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Alison MacLeod

Alison MacLeod is the author of four novels, including Unexploded, which was nominated for the 2013 Man Booker Prize – and Tenderness, a New York Times Best Book of 2021 and a Sunday Times Best Paperback of 2022.  Tenderness is the story of the creation, publication and censorship of D. H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover – which Lawrence initially entitled Tenderness.  MacLeod’s most recent short story collection, All the Beloved Ghosts, was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction, as well as the Edge Hill Prize for Short Fiction in the UK and Ireland.  Her stories have been widely commissioned, broadcast and anthologised, and she was awarded the Society of Authors Award for Short Fiction (UK) as well as the British Library’s Writer’s Award.  MacLeod is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, a writing mentor, and an occasional contributor to outlets such as BBC Radio 4, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph.  A senior academic in Literature and Creative Writing, and Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester (UK) until 2018, she now contributes to Chichester in the role of Visiting Professor.