Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels, fifty short stories, and ten plays. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She won the 2002 Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace and again in 2013 for Come Away With Me. She adapted her novel State of Happiness for feature film with Zentropa/Fiesta and HBO have optioned her novels of the Empress Theodora, Theodora, Actress, Empress, Whore and The Purple Shroud, for a TV mini-series.

In addition to her writing work, Stella is also a theatre director, currently running the Fun Palaces project. She blogs at

Born in London, she grew up in Tokoroa, New Zealand, and has lived back in London since 1986. She is married to the writer Shelley Silas.

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