It’s really difficult to select only three books that have inspired my work, if inspired is the right word. I have many books and authors I love and admire but I don’t know that they have actually inspired what I write unless subconsciously.
Three of my favourite books are Orwell’s Coming Up for Air, Nabokov’s Lolita and Richard Yates’ short story collection Eleven Kinds of Loneliness.
The three that I have most enjoyed recently are Agota Kristof’s short story collection C’est Egal, Kevin Powers’ Yellow Birds and Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence.
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Sophie Hampton was born and brought up in London. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Southword, The London Magazine, The View From Here, The Yellow Room, The Eastern Daily Press, Scribble magazine and Ether Books.
Competition success includes winning the Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize, The London Magazine Short Story Competition and the Eastern Daily Press Short Story Competition; shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, 2nd Prize at the Wells Festival of Literature, shortlisted for the Hayward Gallery George Condo Competition and Finalist at the Brit Writers’ Awards.
Sophie has read her stories at venues including the London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury, The Society Club in Soho and the Cork International Short Story Festival. She has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University for which she was awarded the AM Heath Prize. She is currently editing her debut collection, White Socks and Weirdos.