About Susan Sellers

fter a nomadic childhood, Susan Sellers ran away to Paris. Renting a chambre de bonne, she worked as a barmaid, tour-guide and nanny, bluffed her way as a software translator and co-wrote a film script with a Hollywood screenwriter. She became closely involved with leading French feminist writers and translated Hélène Cixous. From Paris she travelled to Swaziland, teaching English to tribal grandmothers, and to Peru, where she worked for a women’s aid agency.

She is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches modernist and contemporary literature and creative writing. She won the Canongate Prize for Short Story Writing and her first novel, Vanessa and Virginia, has been translated into 16 languages and was adapted for the stage. Her second novel, Given the Choice, about women in the contemporary art world, appeared in 2013. Her third, Firebird, tells the story of the extraordinary love affair between John Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova and will be published in May 2022. It has already appeared in French translation as Un oiseau de feu, with a German translation forthcoming. 


Susan is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates