Charlotte Mendelson

Award-winning author of Almost English...

Charlotte Mendelson biography and information

Charlotte Mendelson was born in London in 1972 and grew up in Oxford. She has written and reviewed for The Guardian, the TLS, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, and elsewhere.

Mendelson's first short story, 'Blood Sugar' was published in New Writing 7 and twice broadcast on Radio 4. Her first novel, Love in Idleness (2001), was largely written in her lunch breaks at work. Her second novel was Daughters of Jerusalem  (2003), and her third novel was When We Were Bad was published in May 2007. Almost English, was published in August 2013.

She lives in London.

Book and writing awards

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Somerset Maugham Award for Daughters of Jerusalem. Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008 for When We Were BadAlmost English was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. Mendelson has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, received the London Arts New London Writers' Award and a K. Blundell Trust Award. She was also shortlisted for Le Prince Maurice Roman d'Amour Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and chosen as one of Waterstones' 25 Authors of the Future.

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