Susanna Clarke: Biography

Susanna Clarke

01 nov 1959

Susanna Clarke got recognised as an author through her debutant novel, ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’. The novel was so well received that it bagged many awards and made Susanna famous. Her first novel won the Hugo Award, Locus Award for Best First Novel, Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award.

Although Susanne Clarke’s first novel became highly popular, the effort that she put into it is more. She took ten long years to complete this novel and it got published in 2004. Susanna was born on Nov 1, 1959 in Nottingham, England. She was the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. As a young girl, Susanna enjoyed reading the books of Jane Austin, Alau Moore and Charles Dickens.

Susanna Clarke studied at St. Hilda’s college, Oxford. She started her career as a teacher. In 1990, she went to Turin to teach English as a foreign language to executives of Fiat motor company. The very next year, she taught English in Bilbao. After returning to England in 1992, she started to work on her first novel.

From 1993 to 2003, Susanna worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster’s Cambridge office and simultaneously wrote her first novel. Apart from novels, she has also published many short stories. She has written and published seven short stories in U.S. Susanna’s works, ‘Mr. Simonelli or The Fairy Widower’ was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001.

Susanna married a fellow writer Colin Greenland and they live in Cambridge. According to Susanne, ‘Boredom and listlessness are two contributing factors in becoming a writer’.