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International best-selling author Amanda Hodgkinson joins University of Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 18:40 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 01 November 2017

Internationally best-selling novelist Amanda Hodgkinson has joined the English eepartment at the University of Suffolk. Picture: UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLK

Internationally best-selling novelist Amanda Hodgkinson has joined the English eepartment at the University of Suffolk. Picture: UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLK

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Internationally best-selling novelist Amanda Hodgkinson has joined the English department at the University of Suffolk.

Her novels 22 Britannia Road and Spilt Milk have been published in sixteen languages, helping her win several awards.

She will be teaching on the modules of narrative, the short story, modernism, autobiography, and dissertation in English.

She said: “I am thrilled to be here at Suffolk and to have been given the chance to share my passion for creative writing with students. East Anglia has such a rich literary landscape already and I will be working to add to this, forging a strong and successful creative writing community at the university.”

She received the Italian Caripama Award in 2012 and was awarded the Prix Agora de St Foy in France in 2013. She won the French Silver Feather for the Prix des Lecteurs 2013 and was awarded the EADT Reader’s Choice Award in the same year.

22 Britannia Road was chosen as a Waterstones Eleven best debut novels of 2011, an Orange New Writers book, listed in The Library Journal of America’s top ten best historical fiction books of 2011 and a New York Times bestseller.

Head of Arts and Humanities, Dr Lisa Wade, added: “We are delighted to welcome Amanda to our English department. As a novelist, poet, journalist and creative writer Amanda has longstanding links with the department on a visiting fellowship basis.

“This academic year, Amanda will be based here in Suffolk and brings with her an internationally recognised portfolio of work and a wealth of professional experience to develop and enhance our teaching programmes.

“Students at Suffolk will benefit especially from Amanda’s creative writing talents and will have the opportunity to work in small and discrete tutorial sessions with her. The whole team are thrilled to have her in a more permanent role with us.”

Her novels have been picked as Editor’s ‘spotlight’ books on Amazon.com and 22 Britannia Road was in the top ten Amazon.com books of 2011 and an Oprah magazine recommended read.

Spilt Milk (Penguin books 2014) was published to wide critical acclaim and voted as one of the best books of 2014 by literary bloggers in the UK and America, and longlisted for the New Angle Prize 2015.

English at the University of Suffolk has recently achieved 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. The course combines the study of language, literature and creative writing and students regularly take part in writing competitions and events.

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