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.


Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw is the author of three previous novels: The Sweetest Thing, The Picture She Took and Tell it to the Bees. She has also written a memoir, Out Of Me. She lives in York.



Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin has published three collections of poems. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, her debut novel, was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. Having lived in London and the South East for several years, Shoneyin has recently moved to Abuja, Nigeria, and teaches drama and English at a local school.



Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver’s seventh novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, won the 2005 Orange Prize. Double Fault is also published by Serpent’s Tail. Born in the United States, she lives in London and New York. She is a regular contributor to newspapers, as both a columnist and a literary reviewer. We Need to Talk About [...]



Lee Siegel

The author of Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television, Lee Siegel is a cultural commentator and art critic. He has written and reviewed for Nation magazine, Slate, Harper’s and the LA Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Serpent’s Tail publishes Against the Machine, which examines the less savoury behaviour of the internet [...]



Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. Before turning to a life of crime, he was a screenwriter, producer and director.