Polly Courtney is a British writer of novels and screenplays. Her books focus on contemporary social issues such as sexism in the city, Eastern European migration and the London riots, while her latest feature film project focuses on women’s football in WWI. More on Polly here.
“A shocking and unsentimental account of generation recession” — Independent on Sunday
“Feral Youth is as compelling as it is horrifying. It lifts the lid on the lives of marginalised young people that the media demonises and the rest of us prefer to ignore.” — Fiona Bawdon, Guardian / Reading the Riots
“Feral Youth gives a unique insight into the very real problems encountered in some of our most deprived areas.” — Gary Trowsdale, Damilola Taylor Trust
Polly Courtney is author of six novels as well as a regular commentator on TV and radio. She made her name in 2006 with Golden Handcuffs, a semi-autobiographical account of life in the Square Mile. Subsequent books have tackled sexism, racism, lads’ mags, immigration, fame culture and the wealth divide.
In late 2011, on the publication of her fifth novel, Courtney famously walked out on her publisher, HarperCollins, frustrated by the ‘chick lit’ covers assigned to her books. She went on to self-publish Feral Youth, a compelling story set during the London riots and told from the perspective of a disenfranchised 15-year-old girl.