Deborah Meyler

Deborah Meyler was born in Manchester, read English at Oxford University, and completed a Master of Philosophy thesis on American fiction at St. Andrews University. She eventually moved to New York, where she worked in a bookshop for six years, sold paintings, and had three children. She now lives in Cambridge and is working on her next novel.

Books by this Author

The Parish House
The Bookstore


Deborah Meyler: What Are You Reading?

what-are-you-reading-podcast, Deborah Meyler on reading an "astonishing" novel by Booker Prize finalist Edward St. Aubyn.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. There are many kinds of happiness. I think they all involve the understanding that they are temporary.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Tom Stoppard. When he dies, unless I die first, he might be the dead person I most admire. Though really I think Shakespeare is immoveable there, and I am pretty impressed with St Lawrence as well.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Jacobs cream crackers with cold butter.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. As Rory Kinnear plays him, Iago, though favourite would not be the right word. He made Iago truly despicable.