Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Maryland and is currently living in Lancaster with her family. Yvonne holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University. Yvonne is a co-founder and Director of North West Literary Arts. Her debut novel, Remembered, won a Northern Writers' Award in 2017. It was published in 2019 by Dialogue Books and is longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019.
Vital, important and humane. Everyone needs to read this book - Jenn Ashworth Deftly explores generational trauma and the nature of enterprise, and gives a perspective on slavery not often explored Remembered has drawn comparisons with Toni Morrison's Beloved: both are unflinching and haunting in how they address the legacy of the slave trade. Battle-Felton's voice is entirely her own, however, and this book feels vital for our time . . . Remembered will stay with you long after reading - Irish Times It's Philadelphia, 1910, and Battle-Felton's debut historical novel traces the story of Spring from the 1840s to the day of the crash, through the incomprehensible cruelties of not only slavery but the many decades that followed - FT (Summer books of 2019) Yvonne Battle-Felton's debut, Remembered, longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction has been compared to Toni Morrison's seminal 1987 novel Beloved. And rightly so, since both are powerful, unapologetic, revealing works of historical fiction - The Herald