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Professor Sarah Moss


Email: S dot Moss at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7615 0338
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Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Professor Sarah Moss teaches on the English and Creative Writing programme. She began her academic career as a Romanticist, publishing on food and gender in Romantic-era women's fiction (Spilling the Beans: Eating, Cooking, Reading and Writing in British Women's Fiction (Manchester: MUP 2009)) and on the influence of Arctic travel writing on Romantic poetry. Her first novel, Cold Earth (London: Granta 2009), developed from her doctoral research. Since then, she has published a second novel, Night Waking (London: Granta 2011), which won a Fiction Uncovered award and was selected by Waterstone's Book Club, and a travel book/memoir about a year in Iceland with her family, Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (London: Granta 2012), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Her third novel, Bodies of Light (London: Granta, 2014) was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize, and the sequel, Signs for Lost Children, was published by Granta in 2015. Signs for Lost Children is listed by the Financial Times, the Times and the Independent as one of the 15 best fiction books of 2015, and is shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. Her new novel, The Tidal Zone, comes out with Granta in July 2016. She is a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017.

Research interests

My interests include the practice of contemporary fiction and nature writing, literary representations of northern-ness and the relationships between academic research and 'creative' writing.

Selected publications

  • Spilling the Beans: Eating, Cooking, Reading and Writing in British Women's Fiction (Manchester: MUP, 2009)
  • Cold Earth (London: Granta 2009)
  • Night Waking (London: Granta 2011)
  • Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (London: Granta 2012)
  • Bodies of Light (London: Granta, 2014)
  • Signs for Lost Children (London: Granta, 2015)
  • The Tidal Zone (London: Granta, 2016)


  • BA, M.St., D.Phil (Oxon)

Office hours

10.30 - 12.30 on Wednesdays, Thursday mornings by arrangement

G02 in Millburn House


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