Charlotte Mendelson, Rutu Modan, Blake Morrison
Here, three highly distinctive writers explored dysfunctional families; mining relationships, love and betrayals, secrets and lies.
When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson’s novel, tells the story of a high profile woman rabbi’s family in total disarray. In Rutu Modan’s beautifully drawn graphic novel, Exit Wounds, the search for a man feared dead in a terrorist attack reveals someone neither his son nor his lover knew. Blake Morrison wrote two moving memoirs uncovering the lives of both his parents.
Charlotte Mendelson has written four novels, one non-fiction book about her tragic gardening obsession, Rhapsody in Green, much literary journalism and work for radio, and is Gardening Correspondent for the New Yorker. Her most recent novel, Almost English, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. When We Were Bad was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and was chosen as a book of the year in the Observer, Guardian, Sunday Times, New Statesman and Spectator. Her second novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, won both the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award.
Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is co-founder of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus and has published the critically acclaimed graphic novels Exit Woundsand The Property.Blake Morrison
Blake Morrison is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chairman of the Poetry Book Society, a member of the Literature Panel of the Arts Council of England and Vice-Chairman of English PEN. His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? , an honest and moving account of his father\'s life and death and Things My Mother Never Told Me, a memoir of his mother. As If is about the trial of the two young boys convicted of killing the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool. His poetry includes the collections Dark Glasses, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripperand Pendle Witches. He is also a novelist, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg and most recently South of the River. He has written a number of essays, plays and a children’s book.
Hephzibah Anderson is Fiction Editor of the Mail on Sunday and a columnist for The Critic. She regularly writes for The Observer, Prospect magazine and BBC Culture.