Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland (born 27 February 1950, London) grew up in Galloway and studied at Oxford University. Her first novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, was published in 1978 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. Novels since have included Three Times Table (1990), Home Truths (1993) and Brittle Joys (1999), and one co-written with Michelene Wandor — Arky Types (1987). She is also the author of The Book of Silence (2010) and Gossip from the Forrest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of Our Fairytales (2012). Her short story collections include Telling Tales (1983), A Book of Spells (1987) and On Becoming a Fairy Godmother (2003). Her short story 'Far North' was adapted for the screen by Asif Kapadia in 2007 and starred Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh. Sara's science-inspired stories have also featured in several Comma Press anthologies including The New Uncanny (2008), When It Changed (2009), Litmus (2011), Bio-Punk (2012) and Spindles (2015). Her full collection of science-inspired stories, Moss Witch, was published by Comma in Dec 2013.

Publications by Sara Maitland

Moss Witch

Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth.

Anthologies featuring Sara Maitland


Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

Protest: Stories of Resistance

The paperback edition of our bestselling anthology of British protest inspired short stories.


14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.

The New Uncanny

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century, to update Freud’s famous checklist of what gives us the creeps, and to give the hulking canon of uncanny fiction a shot in the arm, a shock to the neck-bolts...

When It Changed

When It Changed is an attempt to put authors and scientists back in touch with each other, to re-introduce research ideas with literary concerns, and to re-forge the alloy that once made SF great.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Protest: Stories of Resistance

This book asks 20 authors and 20 historians to bring crucial moments of British protest to life.

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

Collections edited by Sara Maitland

Young Goodman Brown and Other Stories

Sara Maitland selects and introduces a collection Hawthorne's best stories.