Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal



Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories. Her second novel, Should We Fall Behind (2020, Bluemoose Books) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award, selected for Between the Covers, BBC television’s flagship book show and chosen as a Prima Magazine Book of the Year. Her debut, The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s Fiction Book of the Year 2016 and selected as the Brighton City Reads in 2017. Her short fiction appears in various anthologies including The Book of Birmingham and Love Bites: Fiction Inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks.  Sharon is currently working on her third novel..

Sharon is a Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellow at the University of Brighton.

Sharon was born and grew up in Birmingham, England as part of a large Indian family.  As well as being a writer, she is also one half of Radio Reverb’s long-running The Ruben and Sharon Show, the UK’s only regular radio show with a mum and son producer/presenter team. 


Review: The TLS

Better together A novel of poverty, struggle – and solidarity By David Collard January 22, 2021 should we fall behind 310pp. Bluemoose. £15 (paperback, £9.99).Sharon Duggal In 2016 the Yorkshire-based Bluemoose Books published Sharon Duggal’s The Handsworth …

Review: The Guardian

Fiction Should We Fall Behind – home and homelessness Wed 2 Dec 2020 09.00 GM: Catherine Taylor This intensely humane second novel, focused on a city’s ‘invisibles’, amplifies the questions Covid-19 has brought into sharp …