Salley Vickers



Salley Vickers has worked as a teacher for children with special needs, a university teacher of literature, an adult education tutor and a Jungian analyst. She is the author of seven novels, including the word-of-mouth bestseller, Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr Golightly’s Holiday, The Other Side of You and Dancing Backwards – and a collection of short stories, Aphrodite’s Hat. Her latest novel is The Cleaner of Chartres (Viking, Penguin, 2012).

She has participated in many BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 programmes, and has undertaken several adaptations of her novels for Book at Bedtime. In 2008 she was commissioned to write a play for BBC Radio 4 based on her book about the dying Freud, Where Three Roads Meet, which starred John Hurt and Paul Rhys. She has also been commissioned to write several radio short stories.

She was a Man Booker judge in 2002 and she has also judged the McKitterick prize for the Society of Authors. She reviews widely both fiction and non-fiction and lectures on the connections between literature, art, psychology and religion.

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  • Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 2012–2013