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Tom Lee

Novelist, Short-story writer, Non-fiction writer
University of Greenwich

Tom Lee is a short-story writer and novelist. His critically acclaimed debut novel The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, published by Granta in the United Kingdom and Soho Press in the United States, tells the story of a man whose life begins to unravel after he wakes one morning with the side of his face paralysed. Tom has also published a collection of stories, Greenfly, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Sunday Times short story award, the largest award for a single short story in the world. He has also received the Royal Society of Literature’s Brookleaze prize, a Society of Authors award and two Arts Council individual awards. His stories, reviews and other nonfiction have appeared in the Paris Review, the Dublin Review, the Guardian, the Observer, and Zoetrope: all-story, among others.

Tom has also had a long-running relationship with the Word Factory, an organisation dedicated to promoting excellence within the short-story form, giving readings, leading masterclasses and acting as mentor to emerging writers.

Following a serious illness in 2012, Tom wrote and published several short pieces of memoir and his first nonfiction book, The Bullet, will be published by Granta. He lives in south-east London with his family and teaches creative writing to undergraduates and postgraduates at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Tom Lee


University of Greenwich 2019-22
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