Stephen May

Stephen May is a novelist, playwright and TV writer. His third novel  Wake Up Happy Every Day (Bloomsbury 2014) comes out in March 2014.

His previous  novel Life! Death! Prizes!  (Bloomsbury 2012) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. It was translated into German as Wir Kommen Schon Klar.

Stephen’s first novel TAG (Cinnamon Press – 2008) was one of ten books longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year and went on to win the Media Wales Readers' Prize.

His plays Back The World and Still Waiting for Everything toured nationally to good reviews.He also had an unhappy stint working as a storyline writer on A Top ITV continuing drama.

Stephen May was brought up in Bedford and now lives in West Yorkshire.

Stephen is represented by:
Chris Wellbelove at Greene and Heaton,

Praise for Stephen May

'Energy, wit, bile May can really write.'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

'Stephen May’s  Voice is original, funny and poignant’ Marie Claire

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Latest News

Wake Up Happy Every Day Paperback in the UK and the USA

My novel Wake Up Happy Every Day gets a mass market paperback release on February 12 and came out in the USA in December.

Wake up happy every day US cover Wake up happy every day UK paperback cover
US cover UK paperback cover

First American Reviews

Acerbic and funny
New York Times

Hilarious . . . May writes so wittily, so charmingly, that his characters and twists feel irresistible, shiny, and new. – 
Good Housekeeping USA

A funny book…a breezy but barbed meditation on the old chestnut that money can't buy happiness, a satirical morality tale that broadens into a colorful caper... consistently charming. – 
Maggie Shipstead, The San Francisco Chronicle

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First reviews for Wake Up Happy Every Day

'The sense of jeopardy leaps from the page, and so does the writing. Hooked.'
Elle magazine

May has come up with a tantalising ‘what if?’ idea, coloured it richly with suspense, poignancy, religion, drama and genuinely, laugh out loud humour. Judy Riley, Bedfordshire On Sunday Click here to read full review.

Interview with Stephen May

'My stories say things that are not being said'
read Max Liu's interview in the Independent on Sunday

Two new interviews

I was interviewed recently  by the writer Martine McDonagh here and by the always interesting Puffin Review here.