Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria and currently lives in Norwich, Norfolk. She is the author of four novels: Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army (published in the US as Daughters of the North) and How to Paint a Dead Man; a collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference; original radio dramas; and poetry. She has won several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel, the Betty Trask Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Jame Tiptree, Jr. Award and the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize, and has twice been recipient of the Portico Prize. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Prix FEmina Etranger, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the BBC NAtional Short Story Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. ‘The Reservation’ is an excerpt from a novel in progress.