Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman

The protégée

Published in 2013

In her thought-provoking works, British author Naomi Alderman has challenged orthodoxies – from her Orthodox Jewish background to the closed world of Oxford University. Alderman graduated from Oxford in 1996 and received an M.A. in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2003. Three years later, she wrote Disobedience, a novel about the tensions between religion and modern life, for which she won the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers and, in 2007, was named The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. Published in 10 languages, the book was followed by The Lessons (2010), which investigates the problems of wealth, and The Liars’ Gospel (2012), a novel about Jesus from the perspective of the Pharisees. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Alderman also writes computer games and is co-creator and lead writer of Zombies, Run!, a best-selling iPhone app and audio adventure for runners. She created the digital zombie novella, The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, together with mentor Margaret Atwood. “…we’ve spent a lot of time discussing new technology, the changing nature of writing and reading, what the future might hold for the arts – and indeed for the world,” she says of her collaboration with Atwood.