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Winnie M. Li

Specialises in: 

Literary fiction, crime fiction, autobiographical fiction, memoir, women’s fiction, general fiction.

Services offered: 

Three month mentoring. 


Winnie Says: 

'My debut novel Dark Chapter came out in 2017 and was winner of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award in the US. It’s also due to come out in nine foreign languages.


'I have an MA with Distinction in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and am currently a judge for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018. Prior to novels, I wrote for travel guidebooks and served as Head of Development at a film production company. Dark Chapter sits at the intersection of several genres, so I would be comfortable working with writers across the spectrum.'

Dark Chapter: 

Winner of Not The Booker 2017

Winner of The Guardian Not The Booker Prize
Shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award

Nominated to The Edgars Awards

Highly Commended for CWA Debut Dagger


Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society.


On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence.


In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack.


Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.


I highly recommend Dark Chapter…post-rape numbness, stifled rage, female victim alternating with rapist — how circumstances and accident come together tragically.’ Joyce Carol Oates

‘Dark Chapter is a must-read. It’s gripping, compelling and all the more authentic for inhabiting both voices so completely. Stunning,’ Erin Kelly


'Winnie M Li handles alternate points-of-view seamlessly in Dark Chapter, an unflinching lens on the sexual assault landscape and one that should be applauded,' Ali Land

'Dark Chapter is a fascinating book, which takes an unflinching look at reality of sexual violence. I have never found myself rooting for a heroine with more urgency than in Dark Chapter,' Kate Rhodes

Read more about Winnie's debut novel Dark Chapter here >>

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Twitter: @winniemli

Listen to Winnie on The Riff Raff Podcast

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