News & Reviews

June 2022

A BBC History Magazine ‘On the Bookshelf’ choice:

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May 2022


Review by Antonia Senior in The Times, 28th May, 2022:

‘… a quirky and well-written novel of ideas’

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Review in the Financial Times, online 12th May, 2022:

in print, FT Weekend, 14th May, 2022:

‘Among historical novelists, Glasfurd rides high . . .’
FT Weekend, 14th May 2022


Review in Daily Mail, 6th May, 2022:

Glasfurd deftly, elegantly captures this volatile world of impoverished attic rooms and gilded literary salons, where ideas are incendiary and words have the power to kill.’

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Cambridge Independent feature, 4th May 2022:


March 2022

Cover artwork released. Cover designer: Micaela Alcaino


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February 2022

Early praise for Privilege (proof copies sent out in Feb)

‘Set in eighteenth century France, Privilege takes us into the vividly dramatic world of Delphine, self-taught and rebellious, who is effectively orphaned by her father’s arrest. In Paris she meets Chancery, a naive Scottish printer’s apprentice who is miles out of his depth in this country where freedom of the press – for both readers and writers – is literally a burning issue. Feminism and censorship are just two of the themes that make this novel very timely in 2022. Tightly plotted and hugely readable.’
Jane Rogers, author of Mr Wroe’s Virgins and The Voyage Home.

‘. . . it’s the story of us all and our attitude to our own kind. If only we could accept others as we do ourselves; if only tolerance, care and love were our watchwords; if only we could look at a single word and realise its universe, how content we would be . . . this is an adventure of all of us and it’s up to us to see that it ends in success in the next generation and far, far beyond.’
Bookseller, Topping’s, Ely.

February 2021

Longlisted for the 2021 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction:

Year Without Summer PB Aplus


December 2020

Paperback cover released:


Available to pre-order now, and published 4th Feb 2021.

October 2020

Shortlisted for Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown Award 2020


September 2020

Les Mots Entre Mes Mains published in mass market paperback with Le Livre de Poche.

UN ÉTÉ DE NEIGE ET DE CENDRES — published by Preludes Editions.


The Year Without Summer:

August 2020

Longlisted for HWA Golden Crown Prize


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March 2020

The Guardian

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‘She has the rare ability to conjure characters vividly in a few deft strokes and the gift, rarer still, of making us care deeply about them. . . it is impossible to read The Year Without Summer and not to be deeply troubled by the scale both of the climate disruption caused by the Tambora catastrophe and the human suffering that followed. Glasfurd’s hard-hitting admonition deserves to find its mark …’

February 2020

The Irish Times

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‘A rich, well-written, and entirely convincing work of historical fiction. Each story adds a dimension to the exploration of climate disaster across social class and geography… in The Year Without Summer we are offered both a vision of the past and a vision of the future.’

full review:

The Sunday Express

‘A vivid slice of historical fiction’

The Times

‘vividly realised . . . this second novel does not disappoint.’ Antonia Senior, 15th February, 2020.

Bookshop tour announced:


The Sunday Times:

‘. . . Glasfurd is a skilful writer and the book offers much to enjoy.’  Nick Rennison, 2nd February 2020.

January 2020

The Observer:

‘a superb saga, rich in historical detail’, 26th January 2020.

Financial Times:

‘beautifully written, angry, unflinching and unforgettable’ — reviewed in The Financial Times, Weekend, 25th January. Full review at:

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October 2019

Cover for The Year Without Summer, published 6th Feb 2020


January 2019

Chuffed to bits to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England under the Developing Your Creative Practice funding stream. The funding will enable me to work with three artists to document Waterbeach Barracks before the site is developed into a town. I’ll be considering ‘placemaking’ and how our work might form a bridge to create a shared sense of place.

December 2018


Delighted to announce that I will be writer in residence at the National Trust’s Wicken Fen between January-August 2019, working on a non-fiction book about the Fens.

October 2018

My second novel, The Year Without Summer, will be published by Two Roads in early 2020. A summary of the book can be found at the end of the following blog post: The Year Without Summer.

February 2018

Thanks to the Society of Authors for the award of a Foundation Grant!

June, 2017

The news this month is that I’ve been awarded a six-week Fellowship at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, Fall 2017. I will use the residency to work on book two.


The Words in My Hand:

April, 2017

Shortlisted, Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, 2017

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March, 2017

Longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, 2017

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Shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award, 2016/17

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February, 2017

Review in The Guardian, 18th February 2017

‘An accomplished first novel that imagines the life, in 17th-century Amsterdam, of young servant Helena Jans van der Strom and her relationship with the philosopher…brilliantly dissects the complex frustrations of a woman in love with a man consumed by intellectual obsessions. There is much to move us here.’


Interview with Future Radio, Norwich, SongBooks:

December, 2016

Interview with Francis Spufford and myself, on being shortlisted for Costa Book Awards, broadcast on Cambridge 105 FM, 24th December 2016 (interview begins at approx 34 minutes in):

November, 2016

Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award!




ONS Amsterdam, November 2016.


Cambridge Magazine, November 2016.

October, 2016



September, 2016


August, 2016

Featured on Télématin:


One of Lire’s ’12 auteurs à découvrir’ rentrée littéraire 2016:


Interview in Page magazine:


Longlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2016

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July, 2016

Les Mots Entre Mes Mains longlisted for Prix du Roman Fnac 2016:



The Observer, 10th July 2016:


The Times, 2nd July 2016:


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June, 2016

Airtours Top Summer Holiday Reads:

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April, 2016.

Woman’s Weekly review:


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March, 2016.

Early promotional materials from Editions Préludes, who will publish Les Mots Entres Mes Mains in August 2016.

Bosnian language rights have sold to BTC Sahinpasic, who will also publish an edition in Montenegro.

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February, 2016.

Book signing, Perth, Australia.

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January, 2016.

The Times — Book of the Month – an ‘excellent debut’, ‘memorable and engaging’. (Antonia Senior, 09/01/16).

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The Sunday Times — A ‘striking debut…her portrait of love across barriers of class and Helena’s yearning for education is a touching one.’
(Nick Rennison, 17/01/16)

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Joan Mackenzie’s ‘Pick of the Month’ (Whitcoulls, New Zealand).

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Screen shot 2016-01-16 at 10.03.07‘The Words in My Hand is a great debut novel which, as well as painting a wonderful picture of 17th-century Amsterdam, finally gives Helena her place in history.

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Screen shot 2016-01-19 at 08.32.28  ‘… a book to own by a name to watch.’

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The Words in My Hand –  Love Reading’s debut of the month, ‘A truly lovely and captivating debut’.

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Named as one of Hive UK’s Rising Writers.

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The Words in My Hand featured in Feb edition of Good Housekeeping ‘wonderfully atmospheric’ and ‘one to watch’.


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Interview feature in Writing Magazine, February 2015.

Writing Magazine, February

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October, 2015.

Serbian language rights have sold to Laguna.

UK & AUS/NZ cover reveal:


UK cover, front


UK cover, back


AUS/NZ cover

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August, 2015.

French language foreign rights have sold to Le Livre de Poche, who will publish The Words in My Hand in 2016 under the Préludes imprint.

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July, 2015.

Delighted to announce that Dutch foreign language rights have sold to Luitingh-Sijthoff and world Spanish rights to Siruela, who will publish The Words in My Hand as part of the Alevosia imprint:

A free extract of the German translation is available to read at Vorablesen: – if you rate and leave a comment you have chance to win a copy too! An extract from the audiobook is also available: – again, rate and leave a comment for chance to win a copy.

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November, 2014.

The Words in My Hand – UK rights sold to Two Roads books, publication January 14th 2016. Reported in The Bookseller.

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October, 2014.

The Words in My Hand – German rights sold to Ullstein at Frankfurt Book Fair.

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