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Friday, 28 September 2012 16:21

A Trip to the Zoo

My short story "A Trip to the Zoo" – winner, Practice To Deceive fiction competition 2007


Friday, 28 September 2012 16:18

The Art of Tying Knots (Flax Books)

My short story "Look Both Ways" – in The Art of Tying Knots (Flax Books 2007)


The London Book Fair kicks off today with six-figure sums having already been spent on books ranging from the new Ian McEwan to a stunning debut from Iranian author Sahar Delijani

Despite gloom on the high street and anxiety about the digital future, the UK's presses have been proving over the last week that their cheque books are still there – for the right titles. A host of high-rolling auctions for big new books have been taking place behind closed doors in the run-up to the book fair, with many stretching into six figures as publishers battle it out for supremacy.

A five-way auction stretching into six figures was also conducted for a trilogy of historical novels by debut novelist Liz Freemantle, with Penguin imprint Michael Joseph set to publish the first, Queen's Gambit, telling the story of Henry VIII's sixth wife Katherine Parr, next summer. And at HarperCollins, publishing director Katie Espiner won another auction with a six-figure bid for Rosie Garland's debut The Palace of Curiosities.

"It's felt like an even busier run-up than usual to LBF this year – there seems to have been a new auction running every other day," said Espiner. "We'd just won an 11-publisher auction for another debut, Nathan Filer's Where the Moon Isn't, when Rosie's novel came in. As Jonny Geller observed on Twitter, "accusing an agent of 'hype' just before London book fair is like complaining that the Pope should not be such a stickler for tradition". The pitch for The Palace of Curiosities made it sound so amazing – a new Angela Carter – that I worried it couldn't possibly live up to it. I was so wrong. It has one of the best opening scenes I've read for years. I was so hooked that I ended up finishing it on my phone, and it was still wonderful – clever, dark, funny and utterly heartbreaking. It's incredibly special and has what we're all looking for, that rare combination of truly brilliant storytelling with characters you really care about."

Geller said the rights market "seems much more vibrant than last year – publishers have woken up". Wood agreed. "The money is there for the right books and publishers are keen to spend their money on the right books," he said. "People are spending more per title, but buying less overall, which is why auctions are going into overdrive."

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Saturday, 27 September 2014 15:06


Rosie Garland's extraordinary tale is a story of superstition and devotion in the time of the Black Death and will bewitch both new readers and fans of her much-loved debut, The Palace of Curiosities. It was nominated for the Green Carnation Prize, 2014.

'Vixen' is a fine example of how to marry a stunning cover to a book's contents. The cover features original artwork by Lindsay Carr and was designed by Alexandra Allden at Borough Press.

About the novel - Vixen

Devon, 1349. In Brauntone, where seagulls screech across the fields and the wind has a mind to change, Father Thomas arrives as the new priest. Determined to impress his congregation, he quells fears of the coming pestilence with promises of protection.
For Anne, the priest's arrival is an opportunity that at sixteen, she feels all too ready for. Convinced a grand fate awaits, she moves in as Thomas's housekeeper, though hopeful of something more. But his home is a place without love or kindness. So when a strange, mute Maid is discovered, washed up in the marshes, and taken in, Anne is grateful for the company. Their friendship is to give Anne the chance of a happiness she thought she'd never know.
But soon the plague strikes Brauntone, spreading panic. And as the villagers' fear turns to anger, Thomas must sacrifice anything to restore their faith in him.


A great review in Diva magazine (August 2014)
"Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug of ale and - unlike ale - it will stay with you long after you've reached the final page."

Praise for The Palace of Curiosities:
'Garland's lush prose is always a pleasure' - The Guardian
'An alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance' METRO
'Bewitching' Good Housekeeping
'A jewel-box of a novel ... Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch' Sarah Waters
'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray
"Fabulously strange historical debut... a romp filled with sheer, demented fun." Suzi Feay

Link to order Vixen -

Friday, 21 October 2016 13:05

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Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:14

Coming Out at Night

Coming Out At Night - performance poetry

Published by purpleprosepress, 2005 under Rosie Garland's stage name of Rosie Lugosi

Poem excerpt –

“Lights Go Out

The lights go out; there's a rustle of silk at the corner of earshot
The dark swims in, and ink closes over your head
Back row or back room my hand finds yours
Pulls you cheek to cheek, lip to lip
Go down for the third time and come up choking
And down again with my hand on your head.
The lights go out.
You said you wanted this
Screamed and bawled till mommy said
Come and tuck your little head in here
And I will stroke you, stroke you, stroke you
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have left the bed that you lie on
As you lay you down to sleep
Pass your soul to me to keep
I'll lock it in a box and prick it with a pin
And you will never see morning again.
The lights go out...”

Five star reviews on Amazon

“A delightfully eccentric and funny collection… I found the book to be like a favourite record or cd that you will return to time and time again.”

“Coming out at night is the latest collection of poetry by the ever charismatic Rosie Lugosi… pure comic genius”

“Witty, entertaining, thought provoking, funny, sad and spooky all in one delicious package. I liked it so much, I had the cover picture tattooed on my thigh. No, really.”

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 13:58

Contact Us

Please contact Rosie Garland by email at


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Thursday, 27 September 2012 06:43

Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland

Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie writes long and short-form fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started out in spoken word, garnering praise from Apples and Snakes as ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’.

Her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologised. Latest poetry collection is 'What Girls Do In The Dark' (Nine Arches Press). Her pamphlet 'Everything Must Go' (Holland Park Press 2012) draws on her experience of throat cancer. Rosie was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2017. She's also received the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year, the Diva Award for Solo Performer, and a Poetry Award from the People’s Café, New York. She's proud to have been blessed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

in 2018-2019 she was inaugural Writer-in-Residence at The John Rylands Library, Manchester, and in 2019 Val McDermid named her 'one of the UK's most compelling LGBT writers today'.

Her firm belief in the power of persistence stems from personal experience. Following twelve years at a reputable literary agency (who failed to place her novels), in 2011 she entered the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and won. This debut novel was published as ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ (HarperCollins 2013) and was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize. Second novel, ‘Vixen’, was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Latest novel, ‘The Night Brother’ has been described by The Times as 'a delight... with shades of Angela Carter.'

Reviews for 'The Night Brother':

"The Night Brother is a rich and ambitious tale set in late Victorian Manchester... Garland's prose is a delight, playful and exhuberant... Full marks!" - The Times

"Echoes of Angela Carter's more fantastical fiction reverberate through this exhuberant tale." - The Sunday Times

Praise for her previous novels:

"The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch." Sarah Waters

"Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug of ale and - unlike ale - it will stay with you long after you've reached the final page." Diva Magazine