Patricia Duncker is the author of Hallucinating Foucault (winner of the Dillons First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize in 1996), The Deadly Space Between, James Miranda Barry and Miss Webster and Chérif (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2007). She has written two books of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award in 1997) and Seven Tales of Sex and Death, and a collection of essays on writing and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall. In 2010 she published The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge (shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2010 and the Green Carnation Prize 2011). Her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance (2015), was also shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award 2015.


Out Now

A new Bloomsbury paperback edition of the provocative and entertaining collection of dark tales – Seven Tales of Sex and Death.

Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his wife awaits her stalker; a sex worker at an illegal fetish club contemplates her options; a strike spirals out of control with eerie consequences; and a conflict with noisy neighbours reaches theatrical heights.

Driven by lust, greed and revenge, chillingly calm or maddened by rage, Patricia Duncker’s characters use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Unapologetically disturbing and provocative like the B movies that inspired them, Seven Tales of Sex and Death holds up a mirror to humanity at its most flawed, ruthless and seductive.

‘Duncker is a mistress of suspense’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Dark, subversive … You will be left reeling’ The Observer

‘This collection of stories confirms Patricia Duncker as one of Britain’s leading fiction writers … She explores areas of our psyches that we all recognise but mostly choose to ignore. She should be required reading’ Financial Times

‘A wonderfully engaging and rewarding collection, shot through with wit and perversity’ Michael Arditti, Independent

‘A febrile, fascinating, disquieting read. It asserts itself for what it is: serious stuff, to be read in one gulp and then mulled over for days’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Confident and bewitching … Duncker is forging her own brand of fiction, a sort of gender-bending, intellectually exuberant English-French hybrid’ Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian

‘Patricia Duncker writes beautifully with a flamboyant immediacy’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Dark and salacious … They capture brilliantly the moment in everyday situations where our minds cease to occupy reality and shift into the fantasy projections of our fervently active imaginations’ The Times.


March 2019


29 March, 7:30pm, Literaturhaus Berlin (Li-Be)

Patricia will participate with other writers in this event on the eve of Brexit. On the theme of 'And Now What?' the readings, music and discussions will continue until midnight. A cooperation with the Humboldt University Berlin's Centre for British Studies, the University of Oxford's Faculty of English, Torch, the SAND Journal, and Deveron Projects

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October 2019


11 October, Université de Caen Normandie, France

Patricia will be keynote speaker at this international one day conference. Conference details and call for papers can be seen on the ESSE website (European Society for the Study of English).

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December 2019


16-17 December, King's College, London

A Conference on Women's Lives in Biographical Fiction and Film. Patricia will be a keynote speaker at the event.

View the Herstory Re-Imagined Website