Naomi Alderman grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community of North London. Like her characters in The Lessons, she studied at Oxford University.
Alderman worked for a few years in publishing and law. Shortly after witnessing the 9/11 attacks from her law firm's New York offices, she resigned from her job and returned to England to study Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Alderman's first novel, Disobedience, is set in the North London Orthodox Jewish community of her childhood. The book has been translated into ten languages. It won both the Orange Award for New Writers and the Times Young Writer of the Year award. The Lessons is her second novel. Both books have been serialised on BBC Radio 4.
In addition to writing novels and short stories, Naomi Alderman is also a talented creator of computer games. She was one of the lead writers for the BAFTA-nominated online game Perspex City. She also writes for The Guardian (see her profile here).
Interview with Mslexia