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MELANIE FINN

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@melanie_finn
www.melaniefinn.com

"Kate is my wisest reader, my staunchest ally."

 

Melanie Finn’s novels have been published to great critical acclaim in the UK, USA and France, and long listed for the Orange and IMPAC Prizes.

Born and raised in Kenya, Melanie now lives in Vermont with her husband and twin daughters but East Africa stubbornly remains part of her life.  She set up and runs a small health project in a remote Masai community of Northern Tanzania.  


MELANIE’S BOOKS

The Underneath, Two Dollar Radio (USA), Head of Zeus (UK), 2018; Shame, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2015 (published in USA under the title The Gloaming); Away From You, Penguin, 2004.

 
 

REVIEWERS

“Melanie Finn deserves major attention.”

New York Times

“Puts readers on the knife’s edge.”

Kirkus

“Tense and atmospheric.”

Publishers Weekly


Latest Book

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THE WRITER WHO MOST INSPIRED MELANIE

There are two: Bruce Chatwin for his relentless curiosity, his stunning, stark and simple prose; and Nadine Gordimer, who showed me the way as a writer and a white woman in Africa.


HOW MELANIE BECAME KATE’S CLIENT

Kate read the manuscript of my first novel when she was just starting out as an agent and offered me representation.  I was one of her first clients.  Kate was so insightful with her comments and edits and sold a revised version to Penguin.


MELANIE ABOUT KATE

She remains my wisest reader, my staunchest ally.


KATE ABOUT MELANIE 

I’ve proudly and passionately represented this extraordinary woman since 2003 and she never ceases to astonish me.  Mel’s singular imagination and world view; her intense, impressive prose; and her deep connection to East Africa, make her a unique voice in fiction.