Abigail Tarttelin

About Abby

Hi, I’m Abby! I write books and songs that agitate against gender norms....


Hi, I’m Abby! I write books and songs that agitate against gender norms. Look out for my new novel, DEAD GIRLS, out 2018.



GOLDEN BOY and FLICK are my first two novels. GOLDEN BOY won the American Library Association ALEX Award for adult books with special meaning for teens, and was shortlisted for a LAMBDA Award for Best Debut LGBT Fiction, as well as appearing on Booklist and School Library Journal‘s best of the year lists. It’s about a beautiful intersex teenager called Max (and accepting who you are!). Check out the Golden Boy page for more.


My feminist band GIRLBOY were featured in the 2015 and 2016 BBC Introducing Best of the Year Specials, as well as on Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net’s BBC Mixtape. Check out the Extras page to see what he said about us (hint: it’s all good!). Our singles “Jennifer Lawrence” and “Girls Won’t Mind” are available on iTunes, and I directed videos to go with both of them. Click on the song names to watch them!

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I get up to a lot besides the above, including editing the independent zine I Hope You Like Feminist Rants (we need writers and artists, so if that’s you, follow the link to check us out!). Also recently, I got to judge the British Independent Film Awards on their 2016 main jury; I’ve written for Great Britain’s The Guardian and The Independent; and I was named one of the most powerful under 25 in London, England, by the London Evening Standard.

It’s been a great few years and I’m even more excited about what’s to come. Stay tuned! Follow me on Instagram Twitter Facebook Tumblr Goodreads