Hannah Persaud


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Hannah writes poetry, short stories and novels. Her transient childhood was spent in a variety of landscapes including the Yorkshire dales, on the Devonshire coast and in landlocked Nepal. She currently lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with her husband, two almost-teenagers and two boisterous spaniels.

In the past twelve months Hannah has won the InkTears Short Story Contest, been shortlisted for the Exeter Story Prize and the Cambridge Short Story Prize; longlisted for the V.S Pritchett Short Story Award and Highly Commended for the Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition as well as placing and being published in numerous other places. She is currently a judge for InkTears.

Upcoming publications:

THE CODES OF LOVE -  Muswell Press - 5th March 2020.

Ryan and Emily appear to have it all, successful jobs, a beautiful house and the secret to a happy marriage. A secret that involves certain 'rules'. But, beneath the surface, trouble is brewing in the shape of Ada. Whimsical, high-spirited and beholden to no-one, she represents the freedom that Emily's been striving for and the escape that Ryan didn't know he wanted. 


'Delving deep into the interstices of their relationship, alternating between their separate points of view, Persaud’s compelling and twisting tale deals with obsession, love and loss as it spirals towards its denouement' - the Daily Mail

'A fascinating and compelling exploration of an unconventional marriage beautifully written from a fresh and unflinching perspective' - Ruth Hogan

'Keeps you reading late into the night. A gripping tale of modern love and marriage that asks if you can break the rules without breaking your heart' - Sophie Ward, author of Love and Other Thought Experiments

'Many novels portray the trials of marriage and monogamy - this bold, sharp debut rewrites the rules' - Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa

'A fascinating exploration of love, relationships, and human fraility. Original, smart and extremely compelling' - Will Dean

'Hannah Persaud's debut novel is a sharply seductive, modern day love story of marriage and secrets, which crackles with acute observation and narrative pace' - Tom Bromley, The Reading Room 

'A wonderfully compelling novel which looks unflinchingly at the power of sexual attraction and what can happen when people give into their desires. A page-turning portrait of a contemporary marriage where all is not quite as perfect as it seems' - Lounge Books​