Stephanie MerrittStephanie Jane Merritt (born 1974 in Surrey) is an English critic and feature writer who has contributed to various publications including ''The Times'', ''The Daily Telegraph'', the ''New Statesman'', ''New Humanist'' and ''Die Welt''. She was Deputy Literary Editor of ''The Observer'' from 1998 to 2005 and currently writes for ''The Observer'' and ''The Guardian'', in addition to writing novels.
Merritt read English at Queens' College, and graduated from Cambridge University in 1996.
Merritt's first novel ''Gaveston'' (Faber & Faber) won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors in 2002. Her second novel was ''Real'' (2005), about a struggling young playwright, for which she was also commissioned to write the screenplay. In 2010, ''Heresy'' was published, her first novel in the series of historical fiction thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno, under the pseudonym S. J. Parris. It was followed by ''Prophecy'' (2011) and ''Sacrilege'' (2012). The fourth novel in the series is called ''Treachery'' and was published on 27 February 2014. The fifth novel in the series is called ''Conspiracy'' and was published in 2015.
She has also written a memoir, ''The Devil Within'', published by Vermilion in 2008 and shortlisted for the Mind Book Award, which discusses her experiences living with depression.
Merritt has appeared regularly as a critic and panellist on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra, has been a judge for the Costa Biography Award and the Orange New Writing Award as well as the Perrier Award, and is a regular interviewer and author at literary festivals, as well as the National Theatre. During 2007 and 2008 she curated the Talks and Debates programme on issues in contemporary arts and politics at London's Soho Theatre. Provided by Wikipedia