Susannah Dickey

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Susannah Dickey grew up in Derry and now lives in Belfast. She is the author of three poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017), genuine human values (2018) and bloodthirsty for marriage (2020). Her poetry has been published in AmbitThe White ReviewPoetry Ireland Review and Magma, amongst others. In 2017 she was the winner of the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival competition, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, a prize granted for a collection by poets under the age of 30.

Her debut novel, Tennis Lessons, was published in June 2020 by Doubleday.


Praise for Tennis Lessons

This is a raw, fierce, shockingly honest coming-of-age story. Tennis Lessons heralds the arrival of a startling new voice in literary fiction, Louise O'Neill

An incredibly funny and poignant portrait of what it is to be young, female and human. The whole thing is witty - the narrative voice, the dialogue, the plot and the detail - while also having searing moments of sadness, discomfort and cruelty. Susannah Dickey has created a world and a main character that is by turns disgusting and charming and I loved it., Nell Frizzell

A beautifully written and psychologically incisive bildungsroman...the arrival of a young writer to watch, Observer

Propulsive . . . brilliantly vivid . . . stays in the mind long after reading, Irish Times

Absolutely brilliant . . . touchingly captures the awkward, aching longing of a misfit . . . darkly funny, Express


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From dead pets and crashed cars to family traumas and misguided love affairs, Susannah Dickey's revitalizing debut novel plunges us into the private world of one young woman as she navigates her rocky way to adulthood.