The Heavens is the new novel by UEA alumna Sandra Newman and is published by Grove Press this week. Sandra was born in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2002, when she was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done. She published her second novel Cake in 2008 and a memoir, Changeling, in 2010. In addition she has published a literary guide, The Western Lit Survival Kit: How To Read The Classics Without Fear (2012) and is the co-author (with Howard Mittelmark) of How Not To Write A Novel (2008) and Read This Next (2010). Her previous novel The Country of Ice Cream Star was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the 2015 Folio Prize.