Wendy Perriam

About Wendy

Wendy Perriam has been writing since the age of five, completing her first ‘novel’ at eleven. Expelled from boarding school for heresy and told she was in Satan’s power, she escaped to Oxford, where she read History and also trod the boards. After a variety of offbeat jobs, ranging from artist’s model to carnation-disbudder, she now divides her time between teaching and writing. Having begun by writing poetry, she went on to publish 16 novels and 7 short-story collections, acclaimed for their power to disturb, divert and shock. " " " " She has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines, and was a regular contributor to radio programmes such as Stop the Week and Fourth Column. " " " " Perriam feels that her many conflicting life experiences – strict convent-school discipline and swinging-sixties wildness, marriage and divorce, infertility and motherhood, 9-to-5 conformity and periodic Bedlam – have helped shape her as a writer. ‘Writing allows for shadow-selves. I’m both the staid conformist matron and the slag; the well-organised author toiling at her desk and the madwoman shrieking in a straitjacket.’

Wendy Perriam

Books by Wendy Perriam

Absinthe For Elevenses
Absinthe For Elevenses
Cuckoo
Cuckoo
After Purple
After Purple
Born of Woman
Born of Woman
The Stillness The Dancing
The Stillness The Dancing
Devils, for a change
Devils, for a change
Fifty-Minute Hour
Fifty-Minute Hour
Bird Inside
Bird Inside
Michael, Michael
Michael, Michael
Breaking and Entering
Breaking and Entering
Coupling
Coupling
Second Skin
Second Skin
Tread Softly
Tread Softly
Sin City
Sin City