Nina de la Mer was born in Scotland and grew up there and in Brighton, where she now lives. Her early life in Scotland informs much of her writing, which has been compared to the work of Irvine Welsh and James Kelman.
Shortlisted for the Myriad West Dean Writing Competition, Nina’s debut novel 4 A.M. was published by Myriad Editions in 2011. Her second, Layla, was developed with the help of an Arts Council England grant and was also published by Myriad Editions in 2014.
Nina is passionate about giving a voice to ordinary people in her work, believing that they are often unfairly neglected by contemporary literature. She is currently working on a third novel about the collision of two very different Brighton families.
‘The female Irvine Welsh.’ – The Herald
‘A vital British novelist.’ – Alan Bissett
‘Brighton’s fabulous queen of the gutter.’ – For Books’ Sake