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Sharon Duggal by Varsha Traynor

“To be told you’ve made a profound impression on a reader through storytelling is the biggest compliment a writer can get. For me this is what it is about – writing is about connecting as a human being.”

Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories.

Sharon Duggal in conversation with Colin Grant

Books, music and a mother and son radio show


Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories. Her second novel Should We Fall Behind (2020), published by Bluemoose Books, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award, selected for Between the Covers, BBC television’s flagship book show, and chosen as a Prima Magazine Book of the Year. Her debut, The Handsworth Times (2016) was the Morning Star’s Fiction Book of the Year and selected as the 2017 Brighton City Reads book. Sharon’s short fiction appears in anthologies including The Book of Birmingham and Love Bites: Fiction Inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks.

She is currently working on her third novel.

Sharon grew up in inner-city Birmingham as part of a large Indian family. As well as being a writer, she is also one half of Radio Reverb’s long- running The Ruben and Sharon Show, the UK’s only regular radio show with a mum and son presenter team.