Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

October 19, 2013

The Luminaries wins Man Booker

Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize for her 800+ page novel The Luminaries. The youngest author ever to get top spot, she certainly beat off some tough competition. Although after watching programmes and listening to reviews, I'm off to read the Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin.

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