About Charlotte Mendelson


Charlotte was born in London in 1972 and grew up in Oxford.  Her first short story, ‘Blood Sugar’, was published in New Writing 7 in 1998; she was the most inexperienced writer in the anthology, had never read aloud and, on her way to the podium, she trod on Julian Barnes's foot,  'Blood Sugar' was twice broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  

Since then, she has written four novels published by Picador/Mantle, one non-fiction book about her tragic gardening obsession, Rhapsody in Green, much literary criticism and work for radio, and no more short stories.

She currently writes an occasional Diary for the Saturday Financial Times and is the Gardening Correspondent for the New Yorker

She lives in London.


Charlotte's 'My Writing Day' for the Guardian:




Daughters of Jerusalem [Picador 2003]: the  John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; the Somerset Maugham Award; London Arts New London Writers' Award; K. Blundell Trust Award; also shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Le Prince Maurice Roman d’Amour Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. 

When We Were Bad [Picador 2007]: shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2008, now the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.  In 2007 Charlotte was also chosen as one of Waterstone's 25 authors of the future. 

Almost English [Picador/Mantle 2013]: longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.



Charlotte's literary criticism has appeared in the Guardian, Observer, TLS, Independent on Sunday and elsewhere.  She has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio, including appearances on the Today programme, Woman's Hour and Front Row, as well as Radio 3's Private Passions and Saturday Review on Radio 4: see below.  You can read the Guardian's interview with her here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/may/08/fiction.shopping


copyright Graeme Robertson for the Guardian