Stephen May

Stephen May's fourth novel  Stronger Than Skin is published by Sandstone Press in March 2017.

His previous novels are Wake Up Happy Every Day (Bloomsbury 2014), Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury 2012) and TAG (Cinnamon Press, 2008)

Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. It was translated into German as Wir Kommen Schon Klar.

TAG was one of ten books longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year and went on to win the Media Wales Readers' Prize.

His plays The Reverse Is Also True (2015 co-written with Mark Illis), Back The World (2003) and Still Waiting for Everything (2005) toured nationally to good reviews. He also had an unhappy stint working as a storyline writer on Emmerdale. He has also written textbooks on writing. He likes to collaborate on performance projects with other writers and with dancers, musicians and film-makers

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

Stronger Than Skin Available to order

Stronger Than Skin My new novel Stronger Than Skin comes out with Sandstone Press on March 16. It’s a thriller, but it’s also a love story. It’s also a book about how the past doesn’t ever really let you go. Imagine the love-child of Brideshead Revisited and one of the pre-Gone Girl novels of Gillian Flynn. I hope there’s some of the immersion in a lost world of the former and some of the acerbic propulsion of the latter.

Full of warmth with a dark, complex heart.
Emma Jane Unsworth author of Animals

Here’s the official blurb.

You can order it from my local bookshop here.

Or from the online retailer Wordery (like Amazon only better) here.

Or from Waterstones here.

Or from You Know Who here.

First Reviews for Stronger Than Skin

"Stephen May’s new novel “Stronger Than Skin” is an absolute belter, and continues his ongoing theme of obsession with the male psyche." read more
Ian Kirkpatrick on Good Reads

"From the first hook on page four, the reader is held in the grip of a pacy, clever plot which drip-feeds revelations to keep the pages of this literary thriller turning. Excellent stuff." Daily Mail

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.