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Anna Mazzola

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Anna Mazzola is a writer of historical crime or Gothic fiction. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, won an Edgar Award in the US and was nominated for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown in the UK. The Times called it 'sizzling'. The Mirror described it as 'a brilliant debut.’

Her second novel, a dark fairy tale about a collector of folklore and missing girls on the Isle of Skye, is out now and has been listed for the Highland Book Prize. The Sunday Mirror says it 'casts its own profound brand of dark magic.'

Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before accidentally becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She lives in Camberwell, London, with two small children, two cats and one husband.

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Anna Mazzola The fact that there are so many writing tips out there is proof that no one knows anything. The only way you can really learn how to write is to read …moreThe fact that there are so many writing tips out there is proof that no one knows anything. The only way you can really learn how to write is to read a lot, and write a lot. And then be brave enough to submit your work to the outside world, and keep submitting it even in the face of rejection. I don't know a single published author who hasn't been repeatedly rejected at some stage in their career. Keep going. (less)
Anna Mazzola The book I'm writing at the moment (working title 'The Vanishings') was inspired by a real case - a series of girls who went missing from slums in the…moreThe book I'm writing at the moment (working title 'The Vanishings') was inspired by a real case - a series of girls who went missing from slums in the East End of London in late 19th century. One returned briefly and claimed she had been taken by fairies.

I've transplanted the story to the Isle of Skye and turned it into something completely different: the tale of a collector of folklore who learns that a young girl has disappeared. (less)
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The Story Keeper long listed for the Highland Book Prize

Anna’s second novel, The Story Keeper, has been longlisted for The Highland Book Prize, together with Val McDermid and Andrew Miller. The shortlist will be announced in March.


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Hi there. I'm afraid I don't have a US publisher for The Story Keeper, so no e-book is available. Obviously I wish it was! You can order a paper copy from Book Depository, if that's any use. Best wishes, Anna
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An astonishing book. Brutal and beautiful. As with all the best books, I felt slightly changed at the end of it. As though I'd learnt something.
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“She is very clever, your Miss Gale. She knows what to say to convince a man and she has evidently worked her sorcery on you. I assume she has manufactured a story to make you sympathize with her. Stories, Mr. Fleetwood, are dangerous things." He pointed to the walls around them. "That is precisely why we ensure that there are no stories here: no novels, no fiction. Only clinical texts, religious tracts, and, of course, the Bible.”
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