I’m a novelist, travel writer and academic, teaching in the University of Warwick’s Writing Programme.

I’ve written five novels, The Tidal Zone (Granta, 2016), Signs for Lost Children (Granta, 2015), Bodies of Light (Granta, 2014), Night Waking (Granta, 2011) and Cold Earth (Granta, 2009). 

I also write non-fiction: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta, 2012) about living in Reykjavik in 2009-10, and academic books on Romantic-era British literature, food history and gender.

Details of forthcoming events can be found on the  Events page.


Night Waking was chosen as one of the winners in the Fiction Uncovered promotion for 2011, and was the Mumsnet Book of the Month for May 2012.

Names for the Sea was the Mumsnet Book of the Month for July 2013.  It was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013.

The Tidal Zone, Signs for Lost Children and Bodies of Light were shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, in 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively.

I was born in Glasgow, but moved to Manchester as a young child and lived there until I left for Oxford at eighteen (the first time I’d been to the south of England, except for occasional daytrips to London). It was a northern childhood, revolving around home in south Manchester, grandparents in rural Yorkshire and weekends spent climbing mountains in the Lake District, and these are still the landscapes that feel like home.

I spent ten years in Oxford, taking a BA, Master of Studies and D.Phil in English Literature and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship. I developed my two main research interests, in the literature of the far north and in food and material culture in fiction, specializing in the Romantic and early Victorian periods. I was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at the University of Kent from 2004 – 2009, when Cold Earth was published and I took a year’s leave and went to teach at the University of Iceland. At the end of that year, I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Literature and Place at Exeter University’s Cornwall Campus, where I taught courses on various kinds of writing about nature and place.

I’m now Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. We  relocated to Warwickshire in 2013.  I have no intention of moving house ever again.  

I am a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017.  

Q&A with the Financial Times.

“Sarah Moss writes the kind of books that are difficult to put down. Night Waking is a brilliantly observed 21st- century comedy of manners. It’s also a tightly plotted mystery that keeps the reader wondering, and hoping, until the final page.”

Louise Welsh, Financial Times