Ania Bas grew up in Poland and moved to the UK 15 years ago to pursue a career in the arts. She has worked with Tate, Whitechapel Gallery and others as a socially engaged artist and arts organiser, working directly with disadvantaged communities to help them have their voices heard and realities understood. She began writing Odd Hours on the Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' course. It is inspired by her early experiences in the UK: as a tenant in an eight-person house share (with one bathroom), years in low-paid jobs, and multiple encounters of xenophobia.
''Dark, sharply funny and utterly rewarding ... Reminded me of the brilliant books by Kirsty Capes ... Highly recommended'' - Liz Hyder ''This enigmatic and idiosyncratic gem is eccentric, quirky and utterly original'' - Kevin O'Sullivan (Irish Examiner Book of 2022) ''Bas writes so well about that state of being young and trying so hard to make connections'' - Marianne Levy ''Odd Hours is a brilliant satire on the struggles of life in the zero-hours sector ... An auspicious debut'' - Paul Mendez