Lottie Moggach has published three novels, which have been described as literary thrillers. Her debut Kiss Me First (Picador, 2013) explored what social media is doing to our sense of identity and real-life relationships. It was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book award, won the Portsmouth First Fiction award and was adapted into a six-part series for Netflix and Channel 4. Under the Sun (Picador, 2017) was set in southern Spain during the 2008 financial crisis, when expats trapped in unsellable villas clashed with African migrants desperate for a new life in Europe. Her third book, Brixton Hill (Corsair, 2020), focused on a prisoner nearing the end of a life sentence. It was adapted and broadcast over two weeks on Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Before turning to fiction, Lottie Moggach had a twenty-year career in journalism, specializing in arts and literature. In recent years she has taught an undergraduate course on the short story at Royal Holloway, University of London, and been a guest at the Arvon Foundation. She has also worked as a researcher and editor on nonfiction titles, most recently a bestselling study of how empire has shaped modern Britain. This project involved digesting reams of inaccessible academic texts to produce a lucid and compelling argument: a fitting precursor for work with the Royal Literary Fund. Her current undertaking is a historical novel set in late Victorian-era Camden Town, the area where she grew up. She still lives close by, with her partner, son, dog and tortoise.
Queen Mary, University of London 2021-23