Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. Her debut short story collection Treats (Freight, 2016) was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award, the Saboteur Awards and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. It is published in the US as A Selfie as Big as the Ritz (Flatiron, 2017). Lara Williams has contributed to the Guardian, New Scientist, Times Literary Supplement, Debrief, Vice, Grazia, SomeSuch Stories, and many more.
In June 2019, Hamish Hamilton will publish Lara’s debut novel, with Putnam publishing in the US. Supper Club is a sharply intelligent and intimate novel about a secret society of hungry young women who meet after dark and feast to reclaim their appetites--and their physical spaces. Drama Republic have optioned the TV rights.
'Lara Williams makes a bold debut with this razor-sharp, magnificently humane story collection. A Selfie as Big as the Ritz explores women as they navigate the rocky terrain between early 20s and middle age, piecing together a collage of persistent quests for joy, love, and meaning.”
“If you’re a young woman navigating life’s crazy and wondrous tumult, British writer Lara Williams’ new story collection A Selfie as Big as the Ritz is for you.”
“A fashionable fever dream where you recognize everyone but also find them fabulously surreal. There is a story in this book for every occasion, every emotion, every hang-up. It’s that kind of short fiction where you secretly wish each story was its own novel.”
“The stories are quick enough that you could either read them on a quick subway commute, or eat through them all in one night, and they definitely bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions.”
―New York Magazine, The Cut ("15 Great Books by Women We Read This Year")
'Lara Williams is a seriously impressive writer, and judging by her first short story collection, she is going to write some more things in the future that will really go KA-POW. [...] The title story reminded me of something Katherine Mansfield might have written, if she lived in a world with iPhones and Topshop.' - The Huffington Post
'[Treats is] a glorious collection of linked stories about 20s something life in the 21st century that casts a sharp yet compassionate eye over falling in love, breaking up, friendship and work. Treats is Williams' first book and I can't wait for her to write another.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist