Edward Parnell lives in Norfolk and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He is the recipient of an Escalator Award from the National Centre for Writing and a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.

His first novel The Listeners (2014), won the Rethink New Novels Prize. Ghostland (William Collins, 2019), a work of narrative non-fiction, is a moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – as well as his own haunted past. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.

Edward has previously worked for a number of conservation organisations, and in television production. He has written numerous natural history and wildlife-related articles for magazines and newspapers. He is also the Director of the biennial Wymondham Words literature festival, whose previous guests have included Rose Tremain, Mark Cocker, Sarah Perry, Ronald Blythe and Wendy Cope.


Ghostland is a delicious, creepy, gothic gazetteer to a British landscape filled with folkloric, literary and filmic spirits, avian auguries, and natural history and a deeply touching personal grief that speaks to the hauntedness of childhood memory and teenage dreams. Obsessive, possessive, nostalgic, an act of vivid retrieval – this is a uniquely strange and wonderful work of literature.’

Philip Hoare, author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning Leviathan