Three of Salt Publishing’s ten best-selling books of 2018 were written by Manchester Writing School alumni.

The independent publishing house’s bestseller list features titles by Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Bee Lewis and James Clarke.

Alison Moore, whose literary career was boosted by being shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2009 and who returns to judge this year’s Prize, is also included for her title ‘Missing’.

Best British Short Stories 2018, which was Salt’s second best seller of the year, was edited by Nicholas Royle, Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Writing School. 

The exciting news demonstrates Manchester Metropolitan University’s ability to attract talented writers and transform them into published authors through its strong links to industry and commitment to writer development. 

Dr Adam O'Riordan, Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School, said: "Nick Royle is not just a fantastic novelist but an editor with a track record of publishing and developing literary talent. Very few editors can claim his Booker prize pedigree; The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore, was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, while The Many by Wyl Menmuir, was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. We are very lucky to have him here at the Manchester Writing School where he continues to share his expertise on the page and from within the industry with our students." 

James Draper, Manager of the School, added: "This sort of strong and long-lasting partnership with the publishing world has helped make Manchester Met a major talent pipeline for exciting new creative voices."

In 2019, Salt will publish debut novels by two other MA Creative Writing graduates - Trevor Mark Thomas and Michael Walters.

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