Laline Paull

Laline Paull


Laline Paull’s debut novel THE BEES,  was published in 2014 to critical acclaim.  Set in a beehive and based on the real biology of the honeybee, it was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize in 2015, won the Orion Award (US) and was also longlisted for the IMPAC Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize.  It has been translated into 18 languages, with simplified Chinese the next to be published.  THE BEES is currently in development for adaptation to the stage.

Her second novel THE ICE (2016) is an eco-thriller about a naive British businessman’s involvement in the fast-changing Arctic.  Based on good science, outrageous off-the record testimonials of those at the lucrative cutting edge of climate change, and the realpolitik of international treaties, it has been published in Germany, Poland and Russia.  In 2017 it was long-listed for the Glass Bell Award (UK).

She has worked as a screenwriter for both film and television in Hollywood and London and written a few plays, some of which have been commissioned and performed in London, including at the National Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse.

Since 2014 she has represented contemporary literature for the British Council in Russia, Mexico, China and Poland, and is a guest speaker at many international literary festivals.