Our authors are as diverse as our books – as well as publishing winners of the Orange Prize for Fiction (Lionel Shriver); the Nobel Prize for Literature (Elfriede Jelinek, Kenzaburo Oe, Herta Muller); the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (Jonathan Trigell), we publish debut novelists, voices in translation, and provocative non-fiction writers.

Walter Mosley, Neil Bartlett, David Toop, Derek Raymond, Stella Duffy, Attica Locke, Jah Wobble, Joe Boyd – just a few of the stellar names who consider themselves Serpent’s Tail authors.


Simon Rich

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was president of The Harvard Lampoon. Shortly after graduation he became a writer for Saturday Night Live. He now works for Pixar. Elliot Allagash is his first novel, followed by What in God’s Name and most recently, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a collection of very [...]



Denis Robert

Denis Robert is a French journalist, novelist, essayist and film director, who is renowned for uncovering political and financial scandals and for his unconventional journalism. Happiness is his first novel. He lives in Paris.  



Bethan Roberts

Bethan Roberts was born in Oxford and brought up in nearby Abingdon. She has MAs from Sussex and Chichester Universities and teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Roberts was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Prize for The Pools, her first novel. Her second novel, The Good Plain Cook, is based on a summer [...]



Knud Romer

Knud Romer, the author of this autobiographical novel (Nothing But Fear), was born in 1960 in Falster, ‘a town so small that it is over before it starts’. His studies include the theory of fiction and he has written on subjects as diverse as mint lozenges and auto-erotic suicide. When not writing, he acts. His [...]



Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle was born in Manchester in 1963. He is the author of five novels, including Antwerp. An assiduous champion of the short story, he has written more than 100 tales, which have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines. His latest collection is Mortality, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. He has edited [...]