Lesley McDowell is the author of two novels (The Picnic, 2007 and Unfashioned Creatures, 2013) and a work of non-fiction (Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers, 2010). She has a PhD from the University of Glasgow on the work of James Joyce, and for two years was Teaching/Research Fellow at the School of English, University of St Andrews.
After leaving academia, she carved out a new career for herself as a literary critic, reviewing and writing for such publications as The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Herald, The Scotsman, and The Independent. During that time, she won two Creative Scotland writing awards, and in 2014 was Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library. Her own work has been reviewed in The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The New York Times Review of Books, and she has been shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year.
She is currently signed to Ian Drury, literary agent at Sheil Land, London, and has completed her third novel, A Peck of Dust, about a Victorian woman accused of murder.