Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler lives in Manchester and runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel, and will be published in twelve languages around the world.

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'A wild blip in the country’s consciousness': writing the 2011 riots

'A wild blip in the country’s consciousness': writing the 2011 riots

Sarah Butler's second novel, Before the Fire, follows a young man who found himself involved in the England riots of 2011. “I did not set out to explain why the riots happened, or judge anyone for the choices they made in the midst of them,” she says, “I was more interested in thinking about how one particular person might have ended up in that situation.”

Thirteen books about love

Thirteen books about love

Get in the mood for Valentine's Day with the thirteen books about love that have most inspired Sarah Butler's writing. This stunning photo is courtesy of Yngve Thoresen.

An Extract from Ten Things I've Learnt About Love

Heart-wrenching and life-affirming, this is a unique story of love lost and found, of rootlessness and homecoming and the power of the ties that bind. It is a story for fathers and daughters everywhere.

Number 40 by Sarah Butler

Melissa hated forgetting things. Wallet, umbrella, diary, keys –their absence always left her feeling anxious and unbalanced. Today it was her phone. She must have left it in the hallway on the table Simon bought last week, which she didn’t like at all – dark varnished wood and spindly legs. He had bought it without consulting her, and when she’d started to say it wasn’t to her taste, and that it would be great – now they were living together – if they could discuss such things beforehand, he’d looked so deflated she’d changed the subject.

Rights Success for Picador with Sarah Butler

Picador acquired world rights to Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by debut novelist Sarah Butler in February, and we can today announce that a substantial deal has been tied up in the USA and translation rights for nine languages have been sold.