Author

Susan Sellers

After a nomadic childhood, Susan Sellers ran away to Paris. Renting a chambre de bonne, she worked as a barmaid, tour-guide and nanny, bluffed her way as a software translator and co-wrote a film script with a Hollywood screenwriter.


She became closely involved with leading French feminist writers and translated Hélène Cixous. From Paris she travelled to Swaziland, teaching English to tribal grandmothers, and to Peru, where she worked for a women’s aid agency.

She is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches modernist and contemporary literature and creative writing. In 2002 she won the Canongate Prize for Short Story Writing and in 2007 received a New Writing Partnership Arts Council Award for her novel Vanessa and Virginia, which has been translated into 15 languages. Her second novel, Given the Choice, about women in the contemporary art world, was published in 2013. Her third, Firebird, tells the story of the extraordinary love affair between John Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova, with translations forthcoming in Germany and France. 

Susan is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates

Contemporary Fiction

Given the Choice

From the award winning author of Vanessa and Virginia, Given the Choice is about growing older and growing up, about making choices and learning to live with them.

Marion, 39, has a lot going for her. She’s talented, ambitious and married to a wealthy financier who adores her. She’s also capable of lying when the odds seem stacked up against her and is a good deal more vulnerable than she lets on. Amidst the glamour and spin of the contemporary London art and classical music worlds, money rules and an artist’s skill is rarely enough. Marion’s top clients – a brilliant French painter and a virtuoso Estonian pianist – benefit from her entrepreneurial flair, but when her husband says it’s time they had a child, this contrary heroine faces a tough choice.

Will Marion become ensnared in the web of deceit she has cast round herself? Or can she learn enough to save her business and her marriage?

In this novel by the award-winning author of Vanessa and Virginia, it is you, the reader, who decides.

Given the Choice

by Susan Sellers

Publisher: Cillian Press
Pub Date: 11/2013

ISBNs:
PB: 978-0-9573155-6-3
EB: 978-0-9573155-7-0

Paperback RRP: £9.99

Category:  All Fiction; Literary Fiction; Fiction: Contemporary; Women

BIC Codes: FA, F

Binding: Trade Paperback
Size: Demy (216 x140mm) 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 258
Distributor UK: Ingrams/Gardners/Cillian Press
Price RRP: GBP 9.99; EUR 11.95; USD 14.95; AUD 18.00

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Given the Choice

by Susan Sellers

Publisher: Cillian Press
Pub Date: 11/2013

ISBNs:
PB: 978-0-9573155-6-3
EB: 978-0-9573155-7-0

Paperback RRP: £9.99

Category:  All Fiction; Literary Fiction; Fiction: Contemporary; Women

BIC Codes: FA, F

Binding: Trade Paperback
Size: Demy (216 x140mm) 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 258
Distributor UK: Ingrams/Gardners/Cillian Press
Price RRP: GBP 9.99; EUR 11.95; USD 14.95; AUD 18.00

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OTHER BOOKS

By the same Author


Contemporary Fiction
Two Ravens Press

Vanessa and Virginia

ISBN: 978-19061202-7-6

In a gloomy house in Hyde Park Gate, two young girls are raised to be perfect ladies. But from the beginning Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf pursue different dreams, and in their Bloomsbury household they create a ferment of free thinking and even freer living. Devoted to each other, yet fiercely competitive, both sisters fight to realise their artistic vision amidst a chaos of desire, scandal, illness and war.

Traced with lyrical intensity, their intertwined lives gradually reveal an underlying pattern. Only at the end of this fascinating work does the real nature of the relationship between Virginia and Vanessa become clear. Susan Sellers’ novel reveals a dramatic new interpretation of one of the most famous and iconic events in twentieth-century literature – Woolf’s suicide by drowning – as the two sisters’ life-long rivalry reaches its final crisis. An expert on Woolf’s life and work, Susan Sellers is inspired by Woolf’s own brilliant narrative technique – a sensuous, impressionistic, interior voice – to inhabit the mind of an artist at work, and recreate the tale of two sisters as Vanessa might have told it. Vanessa and Virginia is a chronicle of love and revenge, madness, genius, and the compulsion to create beauty in the face of relentless difficulty and deep grief.

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