Abigail Tarttelin

About Abby

Abigail Tarttelin is the award-winning author of three critically-acclaimed novels, published in...


Abigail Tarttelin is the award-winning author of three critically-acclaimed novels, published in eight languages worldwide. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, US Glamour Magazine and The Huffington Post, amongst others.

Abigail’s publishing career began with FLICK (2011), written when she was nineteen and published by Orion Books in the UK/Australasia and Simon & Schuster in the USA/Canada. GQ predicted the book would be a “slow burn cult classic” for it’s gritty, funny, sexy story of a northern teenag- er’s first love and first drugs.

Her seminal novel GOLDEN BOY sold for a pre-emptive three figure deal in the UK to Weidenfeld and Nicolson, the literary imprint of Orion Books, and following a bidding war in the USA, for a three-figure sum to Atria Books, the Simon and Schuster imprint. It went on to be published inter- nationally in Italian (Mondadori), Spanish (Ediciones B), Dutch (Luitingh Sijthoff), Mandarin (Pushing Hanz), Portuguese (Globo Livros), Turkish (Pegasus) and Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen).

GOLDEN BOY was critically acclaimed by publications including Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vanity Fair and BBC radio programme Women’s Hour, as well as LGBT pub- lications including Autostraddle. It won a 2014 ALEX AWARD from the American Library Associa- tion for adult fiction with special significance for teen readers, and was shortlisted for Best Debut LGBT Fiction in New York’s 2014 LAMBDA Awards. The book was featured on numerous best of the year lists, including in BOOKLIST and SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and hit the Taiwanese best- seller list in the first week of its release in the country.

The book continues to be talked about as part of the intersex discussion, and has been used to teach English in schools in the UK, USA, and Germany. Abby’s next novel DEAD GIRLS reads like a British HARD CANDY and completes a triptych on gender (masculinity, intersex and girlhood). It will be published May 3rd 2018 by Mantle Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.