Books by Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann was born in the United States but moved to England as a teenager. Her other novels are Dot in the Universe, Sweet Desserts, Man or Mango? and Varying Degrees of Hopelessness. She now lives in Scotland.


MIMI by Lucy Ellmann
Released: Feb. 14, 2013

"Ellman's use of visuals and wordplay, as well as her comic sensibility, is very much a matter of taste, though her tone strongly implies that the readers who don't get her are merely plebeians anyway."
Another self-consciously erudite comedy from Ellmann (Doctors and Nurses, 2006, etc.), this time a romance about a plastic surgeon whose love for a good woman helps him take stock. Read full book review >
DOCTORS AND NURSES by Lucy Ellmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Sharp, offbeat and occasionally off-putting; Ellmann delivers a rarity in the world of fiction—a comic novel of ideas."
British author Ellmann's comic novels are becoming increasingly odd, as this fifth, about an obese, homicidal nurse with a passion for handbags, demonstrates. Read full book review >
DOT IN THE UNIVERSE by Lucy Ellmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2004

"Clever, smart—and thin."
This fourth from the talented Ellmann (Man or Mango?, 1998, etc.) has her usual lists, facts, wicked humor, and violent charm—but not cohesion enough to bring it all together. Read full book review >
MAN OR MANGO? by Lucy Ellmann
Released: May 1, 1998

"At once bawdy and moving, an unusual and witty novel that offers an unsparing examination of the complexities of the heart."
An enthusiastic reception should await Ellmann's third (Sweet Deserts, 1989, etc.), a unique hodge-podge of love, lust, and death whose protagonist has one foot in the grave and a lonely ache in her heart. Read full book review >

Ellmann's first novel, a fast-paced roman † clef about her literary family (Ellmann's the daughter of the late literary biographer Richard Ellmann), may be called Sweet Desserts, but its recipe calls for more than a dollop of rue. Read full book review >