About Me

Appearances

Radio Author interview on The Evening Show, BBC Radio Wiltshire. 14 October 2020 Press The Wiltshire Gazette & Herald (22 August 2020). ‘Plant Expert Turns Author to Explore World Tree Myth in First Novel.’ The Malmesbury Gazette (22 August 2020). ‘Plant Expert Turns Author to Explore World Tree Myth in First Novel.’ This is Wiltshire […]

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Author Q & A

An extract from my appearance on BBC Radio (14 October 2020), during which I discussed writing, botany and international development. Interviewed by journalist Rhiannon FitzGerald. International development being my day-job, I would have loved the opportunity to discuss this subject further with her, as I know it is a particular interest of hers, also. Tell […]

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Biography

Amanda Read is a novelist, short story writer, and a lapsed botanist. Her removal from school before final exams sowed the seed for a later thirst for learning. Awarded a fellowship from the Royal Horticultural Society, she trained as a plant taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Natural History Museum, London, and the […]

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Out Now…

Evangeline’s discovery of a Victorian journal sets in motion a high-octane adventure fusing past, present and myth. When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth:  the World Tree. Morgan’s words share life […]

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Endorsements

‘I was held, I laughed, I marvelled … this is such a winner!’ Fay Weldon CBE FRSL, author, essayist, feminist and playwright ‘Joyful, sensual, funny writing.’ Samantha Harvey, author and academic ‘A tremendous force and energy and a sharp wit.’ Gerard Woodward, novelist, poet and short story writer ‘Tantalises.’ Gavin James Bower, writer, editor, scriptwriter […]

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Now Available…

Operateur Cephalique, line engraving by Campion, 17–. Credit Wellcome Collection CC BY The Nag’s Head by Amanda Read A short horror story based on a character of French folklore targeting Enlightenment-era female empowerment. Published by Breaking Rules Publishing, Horror Magazine April 2020 Issue. Breaking Rules Publishing Horror magazine April issue. Available in eBook and Paperback. […]

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Influences

My writing is influenced by mythology; the tales we tell ourselves, why we create myths, how we respond to the myths we hear.  Interests Trees, plant diversity, human-plant interaction, climate change, the environment, mythology, linguistics, writer-reader interaction. I love to read Fiction (short and long): magic realism, myth, folklore, weird fiction, metafiction, off-kilter realities, genre-bending, […]

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About Me

Welcome! I write fiction to celebrate plants and nature. My genre is magic realism. As such, you can expect my writing to present the supernatural in a real-world setting. Along the way, it is vivid and playful. It embraces oral tradition, and delves into myth to reflect identity and society. As a child, I loved […]

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