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Sanjida O’Connell

Novelist, Non-fiction writer

Sanjida O’Connell is an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer. Her forthcoming novel is a psychological thriller called Bone by Bone, published by Corvus Books. Her previous two novels were historical fiction, The Naked Name of Love and Sugar Island, which were published by John Murray, and her earlier novels, Angel Bird and Theory of Mind, were published by Black Swan. Sanjida was an award-winner for the Betty Trask prize for romantic fiction in 1997; she has also been highly commended forYoung Telegraph writer of the year, nominated for Asian woman of the year, and runner-up for the Asian literary prize.

Sanjida has had four non-fiction books published, including Sugar: the grass that changed the world (Virgin Books), and has contributed to a number of encyclopaedias on animal intelligence. She writes about science and environmental issues for national newspapers and magazines, has been an editor and writer at New Scientist, and wrote a blog for the Independent newspaper on dressing ethically for a year. She has been the television reviewer for BBC Wildlife magazine and had a science column in the Times newspaper.

Sanjida initially trained as a zoologist and studied chimpanzees for her PhD. Alongside her writing career, she presented wildlife and science documentaries and directed science documentaries for the BBC, including BBC2’s flagship science strand, Horizon. Sanjida lives in Bristol.

Sanjida O’Connell


Sanjida is a Consultant Fellow offering writing workshops and related activities.


University of Bristol, Beacon House 2016-18
University of Bristol, Arts 2014-16
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