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Biography Dr Caroline Cauchi is an academic and international bestselling author. She writes both historical fiction and experimental fiction (also known as Caroline Smailes). Her acclaimed debut novel, ‘In Search of Adam’, was published in 2007. Since then Caroline has written eight additional novels (including one with eleven endings!), a short story collection, two novellas and a libretto. All of her creative work explores place and the search for identity. The feature film of her novel ‘The Drowning of Arthur Braxton’ premiered at Raindance Film Festival in November 2021, where it was awarded Best UK Feature.

Caroline’s latest historical novel, ‘Mrs Van Gogh’ (HarperCollins), was published in the UK and internationally in 2023. It has been a bestseller in several territories and was selected as a 'Heather's Pick' read in Canada (2023).

Her current academic research focuses on silenced voice and on the wider questions of ways in which women involved in creative pursuits disappeared from historical narratives, and how they are being reimagined in contemporary creative practice. She is especially interested in a novelist’s ethical and moral responsibilities when fictionalizing a real life.
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics Caroline welcomes applications in practice-led PhDs in fiction (novel, short story and creative non-fiction). Her specific areas of interest and expertise are:
UK publishing
Novel writing
Short story writing
Novel to film adaptation
Writing experimen