Ingrid Persaud

One of Kei Miller’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“Ingrid Persaud’s prose is near flawless, her story-telling is compelling, but what really stands out in her novel is something more than its outstanding literary merits, and it’s her compassion. It’s not just that Persaud creates well-drawn and believable characters, but that she feels for them and draws us into that feeling.”

Kei Miller

I write knowing that laugh and cry live in the same house

Ingrid Persaud was born in Trinidad. Her debut novel, Love After Love, won the Costa First Novel Award 2020. She also won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2018 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017. She read law at the LSE and was an academic before studying fine art at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins. She has written for BBC Radio 4 and her writing has appeared in several newspapers and magazines including Granta, Prospect, Five Dials, Alexander, The Guardian and National Geographic. She lives in London.

‘electrifying prose’ – Marlon James

‘Persaud has a knack for finding the sublime in the ordinary’ – Sara Collins

‘Full of wit and soul’ – Tracy Chevalier

‘A voice that has a vibrancy of its own’ – Rachel Joyce

‘A talented and engaging storyteller’ – Sunday Times

‘Great books about love, like this one, feel like precious and impossible gifts. We should cherish the writers who provide them.’ – New York Times

Honoured to be part of Kei Miller’s mapping of a new world of writing.



  • Love After Love (Faber, 2020)
  • The Sweet Sop (Granta, 2017)
  • The Vagabond Rajah (8000 word non-fiction work, Alexander, 2021)
  • The Chronicles of Burke Street (BBC Radio 4 series of 5 short stories, 2021)
  • Where Joy Gone (BBC Radio 4, 2020)
  • Eternity For Pinky and Mop (BBC Radio 4, 2019)

Contact Ingrid


Twitter: @IngridPersaud

Instagram: @ingpersaud_author

Facebook: @ingrid.persaud.7


Zoe Waldie, RCW Literary Agency


Faber. Contact: Hannah Turner. Website.


Image credit: Nick Gregan