Rachel Malik is a writer. Her first novel Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, published by Penguin in 2017 and based on the life of her grandmother, is set in agricultural England in the 1940s and 1950s. It won her a residency at Gladstone’s Library and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction in 2018.
Her short story Wires, set in Milan in 1926, was longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s W. S. Pritchett Prize in 2019. She is currently working on a second novel, set in Northern Italy in the 1920s and 1930s. Before writing fiction, she worked as an academic at Middlesex University, focussing on 19th century and post-colonial literature.
She has contributed reviews and articles to a wide range of magazines and journals including Sight and Sound, Radical Philosophy English Literary History, New Left Review and the London Review of Books blog.
You can read about the story behind her first novel here.