Naomi Alderman is an English writer, profesor, journalist and videogame designer born in Londres in 1974. She is author of The Power, a science fiction and fantasy novel (published in 2016 and translated into Spanish in 2017), which won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Learn more about the author, her book, as well as ratings and reviews on it.
Naomi Alderman grew up in an Orthodox Jewish Community. She currently lives in London.
A Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, she presents Science Stories in the BBC Radio Four. In addition, she is a journalist at The Observer, where she writes a column about technology and games, and co-founder and designer of Zombies, run! videogame.
Naomi studied at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford, gaining a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She went on studying creative writing, earning a MA from East Anglia University, before becoming a writer.
Her first novel, Disobedience (2006), was translated into ten languages and was awarded the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, The Sunday Times granted her the Young Writer of the Year Award and featured her as one of the Waterstones 25 Writers for the Future.
She published her second novel, The Lessons, in 2010, which has been compared to Evelyn Waugh’s book titled Brideshead Revisited. It was followed by The Liars’ Gospel in 2012. Her first three novels have been adapted for the BBC Radio Four series, “Book at Bedtime”.
Moreover, Naomi Alderman was selected in 2012 as a protégé by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropic programme for emerging talented writers. In 2013, she was included in the Granta list of 20 best young writers.
Let’s discover now her latest book, The power (2016), a science fiction and fantasy novel (published in 2016).
What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.