Lucy Ellmann is a novelist. Her work takes a feminist stance. Her first book Sweet Desserts (Virago, 1988), a semi-autobiographical account of two American girls abruptly transplanted to England, won the Guardian fiction prize. Her fourth novel Dot in the Universe (Bloomsbury, 2003), shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic literature, considers the meaninglessness of life and the adversities encountered by marsupials. Mimi (Bloomsbury, 2013) gives the insider’s view of a man’s world, in a story about a New York plastic surgeon who finally sees the injustice of patriarchy and tries to solve it. The novel ranges from prehistoric art to current thinking about sexual biology, and ends with a manifesto urging men to transfer all financial assets to women.
She has also written book reviews, art reviews and other articles for the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the New York Time sand other newspapers. Her screenplay The Spy Who Caught a Cold, filmed for Channel 4 in 1995, is about a woman who takes her young daughter on holiday to an English nudist camp. Tom the Obscure (Bloomsbury, 2013) is a short picture-book for adults about an ineffectual mouser in the offices of Bloomsbury Publishing. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, an Arvon Foundation tutor, and for three years was a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Kent. Since 2010, she and her husband Todd McEwen have run a private editorial service called the Fiction Atelier, working individually with writers of literary fiction.