Melissa’s collected ‘Nature Notebook’ columns for The Times will be published by Faber & Faber as The Stubborn Light of Things: A Nature Diary on November 5 2020. You can pre-order it here, here and here.
Her third novel, All Among the Barley, was published by Bloomsbury on August 23, 2018. It was the UK winner of the European Union Prize for Literature and won the Readers’ Choice at the New Angle Awards. At Hawthorn Time (Bloomsbury, 2015) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year award, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Encore Award; it was a Book of the Year in The Telegraph and chosen as a ‘best summer read’ by A.S. Byatt in The Observer. Her first novel, Clay (Bloomsbury, 2013), won the Portsmouth First Fiction award, was selected for Amazon’s ‘Rising Stars’ programme and chosen by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year.
Rain: Four Walks in English Weather was published by Faber & Faber with the National Trust on March 3, 2016 and longlisted for the Wainwright Prize. Melissa was Series Editor on four anthologies of writing about the seasons, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2016 in support of The Wildlife Trusts.
Melissa writes a monthly Nature Notebook column in The Times and reviews books for the Weekend FT, The Times, the Guardian, The Telegraph and Slightly Foxed. She won the John Muir Trust’s ‘Wild Writing’ Award in 2010 and was a Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, in January 2014, and for the Hexham Book Festival in October 2015. She delivered one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, spoke about landscape and Englishness at The Southbank’s Changing Britain festival, and about the British countryside at a Proms interval talk on Radio 3. Melissa has appeared on Springwatch and Springwatch Unsprung on BBC2 and speaks regularly on radio: her short story The Black Dog was broadcast on Radio 4 in March 2017, and she wrote and read an instalment of Radio 3’s The Essay, about Gladstone’s Library, in January 2018.