Nell Leyshon

Add to shortlist

Books

Assistant: Seren Adams

Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: St John Donald
Assistant: Lexie Hamblin

Books

An established author, Nell Leyshon is also an award-winning playwright, and regularly writes for radio. THE COLOUR OF MILK was published by Fig Tree in May 2012 and won the Libro del Ano prize in Spain, the Prix de l’Union Intéralliée in France, and was runner up for the Prix Femina. Her latest novel, MEMOIRS OF A DIPPER, was published by Fig Tree in June 2015. She lives in Dorset.

Praise for MEMOIRS OF A DIPPER (2015)

'[A] reading experience that hums with an electric energy that never gets boring and feels shockingly, painfully real.' The Times

'Compelling... the reader is asked not only to feel for the characters but also to challenge their assumptions about the nature versus nurture argument... This is a book full of important questions, and I applaud Leyshon for asking them' Guardian

'Powerful... A gutsy novel' Telegraph

'Vivid and brilliant... [Leyshon] paints an unpleasant but captivating picture. It's hard to look away' Financial Times

Praise for THE COLOUR OF MILK (2012)

'The book is richly stylised, the groundwork carefully laid, the novelistic detail well chosen, the dialogue perfectly paced’ Guardian

'It is once in a blue moon that an author creates a voice quite as alive and as startling as Mary’s. Nell Leyshon deserves to be showered with awards for THE COLOUR OF MILK' Daily Express

‘Leyshon’s work has a powerful impact... one is wholly submerged in the horrific events’ Independent

'Read it, in one sitting' Spectator

Praise for DEVOTION (2008):

'Leyshon's talent for dialogue is evident in her novels. Each voice and the corresponding internal world is distinct and convincing and the narrative, barring the minor interruptions from wildlife textbooks, moves at an engaging pace. Aspiring novelists in their twenties would do well to note - if Leyshon's example is anything go by, then a few more years of marinating could only be a good thing' Observer

Fiction

Publication DetailsNotes
2015

Fig Tree

'There's different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.'

Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent - he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy...

2012

Fig Tree

Aged just fifteen, Mary is a scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk. The year is 1831 when this farmer's daughter is urged to confront the difficult task of telling her story. Over the summer she is sent to work for the vicar and care for his invalid wife. The reasons why Mary must record the truth of her experiences are gradually revealed.

2008

Macmillan

DEVOTION tells the story of a family's break-up and a father's breakdown and is told from all four points of view. It is uncompromising in its reminder of how easily the lives we think we have can slip through our fingers.

2008

Picador

Two short stories, THE VOICE and F SHARP, reside together in this exciting new pocket-sized book about the experiences of two women. The two women share a passion for the piano - though their experiences are worlds apart.

2004

Macmillan

Frank's house on the Somerset Levels is surrounded by floodwater and filled with the guilty silences that bind family members together - and sometimes keep them apart. His inner world is full of his sister Iris and their hot childhhod summer, which was full of local legends. The past and present begin to merge, and the stories cover deeply buried memories. Black Dirt explores how stories shape a child's imagination.

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Film, TV & Theatre

Nell is a playwright and novelist. 

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

FOLK

Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre

Radio

ProductionCompanyNotes

JESS' STORY

2012

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour series for Children in Need

dir Sue Roberts

The Colour of Milk

2012

BBC Radio 4

45 mins Radio 4, Sue Roberts

IRON CURTAIN

2011

BBC Radio

Women's Hour series, directed by Sue Roberts.

SONS

2009

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts

WAR BRIDE

2006

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts 45 minutes

BLACK DIRT

2006

BBC Radio 3

Director Sue Roberts 90 minute adaptation of novel

THE SOLDIER

2005

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts
45 minutes

THE HOUSE IN THE TREES

2004

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts
45 minutes

MICHAEL

2004

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts 45 minutes

THE HOME FIELD

2003

BBC Radio 3

Director Sue Roberts 75 minute drama documentary

GLASS EELS 45 minutes

2003

BBC Radio 4

Director Sue Roberts 45 minutes

MILK

2002

BBC Radio 4

Director: Jeremy Mortimer
Joint winner of the Richard Imison Award 2003

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

THE BEAUTY MANIFESTO

2011

National Theatre Connections

WINTER

2011

Theatre Newfoundland, Labrador

BEDLAM

2010

Globe Theatre

Director Jessica Swale

PARADISE

2009

Salt Factory

DON'T LOOK NOW

2007

Sheffield Theatres/ LyricHammersmith

Adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s short story
Director: Lucy Bailey

GLASS EELS

2007

Hampstead Theatre

Shortlisted for Spinx Brave New Roles Award

COMFORT ME WITH APPLES

2005

Hampstead Theatre

Director: Lucy Bailey
Winner of the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright – Evening Standard Awards 2005
Nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Award

THE FARM

2002

Southwark Playhouse Regional Tour

Director: Sean Aita
Runner-up of the Meyer-Whitworth award 2003

WINTER

Newfoundland/ Labrador

2011