Amanda Huggins is the author of the novellas All Our Squandered Beauty and Crossing the Lines, both of which won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella, in 2021 and 2022 respectively. She has also published four previous collections of short fiction and poetry. She was a runner-up in the Costa Short Story Award 2018 and her prize-winning story ‘Red’ features in her collection Scratched Enamel Heart.
In 2020 she won the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award, was included in the BIFFY50 list of Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2019–20, and her poetry chapbook, The Collective Nouns for Birds, won the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. In 2021 she won the H E Bates Short Story Competition and was Highly Commended in the Fish Short Story Prize. Her short fiction has also been broadcast on BBC Radio and her travel writing has won numerous awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers' New Travel Writer of the Year Award.
Amanda grew up on the North Yorkshire coast, moved to London in the 1990s, and now lives in West Yorkshire. Her latest collection of short stories, An Unfamiliar Landscape, will be published by Valley Press in October 2022.
From a rain-soaked Berlin to a neon-lit Tokyo, the midwest of North America to the Parisian backstreets, a suburban London kitchen to a fishing village on the Yorkshire coast, wherever these characters are travelling from or to, they are all navigating unfamiliar ground in search of answers. These are stories of yearning to belong, of the urge to escape – tales of grief and alienation, of loss and betrayal, love and hope.
“Amanda writes with empathy, an eye for vivid detail, a sense of adventure, and great charm.” – Alison Moore, Booker-shortlisted author of The Lighthouse
“Huggins writes with an attentive, painterly touch for the emotional details of her characters’ lives.” – Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul
“Beauty is never squandered in Huggins’s work. This is a writer who grasps it, weaves it through in the details of lives.” – Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing
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