PHILIPPA STOCKLEY’s new novel Black Lily is a fast 17thcentury epic set in London, full of murk and poison, with unisex appeal. The Evening Standardsays ‘it would make terrific TV.’ Andrew Martin calls it ‘…the best-written bodice-ripper ever published.’ Country Lifesays:‘to be gobbled up greedily.’
Stockley’s first novel, The Edge of Pleasure (LittleBrown, Harcourt Brace), written in two weeks off work, was inspired by André Gide’s The Immoralistand Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal. Her second, Murderous Liaisons, first published as A Factory of Cunning (LittleBrown, Harcourt Brace), is an epistolary sequel to Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Spectator called it ‘A very filthy book.’ It has been lectured on in a French university.Both were the most reviewed novels of their publication month and each nominated for the Booker.
Stockley writes strikingly visual, hard-edged, sensuous stories without a moral core, pithy and often cruel, which appeal to men and women alike. Settings, interiors, and clothing are meticulously and powerfully evoked. She has published short stories in Arete.
A national-award-winning journalist; a critic and reviewer, and an exhibiting portrait and still-life painter, her scholarships include Oxford (English) and the Courtauld Institute (art-historical clothing history, with an 18thcentury speciality). For five years to 2016 she was an RLF fellow at the Courtauld. She has worked as a stage-, clothes-, and costume-designer; shop-window and shop-exterior painter; book illustrator; interiors-, textiles-, and book-jacket designer, and done calligraphy for many things including a pop video.
She lives in a listed Georgian cottage in Whitechapel, London, which she restored from derelict. She will publish an interiors book on old London houses in Autumn 2019 with Pimpernel Press.
Author photo credit: David Butler