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Johanna Spiers

Author of dark, funny novels about extraordinary situations in everyday life

About Johanna

Dark, weird and funny, Johanna Spiers is a psychologist, a feminist, a recovering academic and a voracious reader who once gave a kidney to a friend. Her easy-to-read, darkly humorous novels take unusual hooks as the starting point for examining what makes people tick, how they think as well as how they form (and ruin) relationships.

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Social Death

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Snarky barmaid Morgan is used to people leaving. Her mum abandoned her. Her stepdad has dementia, and her beloved ex, David, dumped her two years ago. Can life get any worse?


Johanna’s short story OldFish, about a pensioner who catfishes a teenager, won both third prize and the Samson Award for the highest placed entry from a Bristol writer at the 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize.

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Praise for Johanna’s writing

Johanna’s writing – on a line by line level, sentence by sentence – is brilliant. It is very rare for me to read sentence after sentence and not want to tweak anything at all, but her prose flows beautifully, and the dialogue and characterisation are both working brilliantly

Sophie Hannah (internationally best-selling crime author)

Clean, readable prose which quickly establishes the protagonist’s character and the story itself

Jericho Writers 2020 Friday Night Live judges

[OldFish is] an arresting tale of grief and revenge, told in a language all too familiar to us today. This powerful story forces us to think about the lengths we will go to for justice.”

Jessica Taylor, Judge, Bristol Short Story Prize.

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