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Talitha Stevenson was educated in London and Oxford where she read English. A reluctant academic, Talitha left Oxford to study art history in Florence – the non-traditional way – living an impoverished artist’s existence. On returning to London, she began work on her first novel - An Empty Room - while writing for a number of national newspapers and magazines.
Talitha Stevenson’s first novel An Empty Room was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award 2003, the Best First Book Award in the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region), and the Pendleton May First Novel Award.
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award (2003) plus two other international prizes, this is one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament at the moment. With a novel portraying first love, its pain and its ecstasy with little regard for the consequence, this is powerful, lyrical stuff.Comparisons: Josephine Hart, Rachel Cusk, Anne Michaels.Similar this month: Maria Beaumont, Anita Shreve.