Laura Hird

Laura Hird’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines in Britain and abroad. Her first collection Nail and Other Stories (Rebel Inc) was short-listed for the Saltire Society Literary Awards in 1998 and her first novel – Born Free – was short-listed for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh, but you can visit her website at

Books by Laura Hird

Hope and Other Urban Tales
Urban tales of despair and dysfunction are Laura Hird’s trademark and she does not disappoint in Hope and Other Urban Tales.
Set in the low-rent areas of Edinburgh, Hird’s slices of reality are gritty, bleak and often darkly funny. Yet the possibility of hope, always just out of reach, unifies this collection, conveying that just as circumstances can reveal the morally obscure darkness in ‘good’ people, so can seemingly irredeemable characters harbour well-hidden pockets of humanity.

She writes terrific, gritty humane short stories about life’s losers. She’s been called a ‘female Irvine Welsh’ but I found her more reminiscent of early Ian McEwan. She finds beauty amid the rubble of life’s crashing disappointments.” – Ian Rankin

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