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Comments Tessa Hadley
"Valentine"
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It's an honor to be in The O. Henry Prize Stories, and a lovely confirmation that a story reached some readers out there in the unknown.

(author photo © Malcolm Hadley)


Author's Desk

I'm a third of the way into a new novel, about four siblings, middle-aged, spending a summer in the country. My last novel covered almost fifty years - this one takes place over only three weeks. Another bit of alchemy.


About the Author

Writing seems stranger and more alchemical the more I've done. Realism isn't much like reality. Using words to make lives on the page which don't exist outside the page—what could be more uncanny?


About the Author

Tessa Hadley was born and raised in Bristol. She's written five novels, including The Master Bedroom, The London Train, and Clever Girl, and two collections of short stories, as well as a book of criticism, Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure. I publish stories regularly in The New Yorker. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and she reviews regularly for the Guardian newspaper and for the London Review of Books.


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