Sophie Coulombeau


Sophie Coulombeau was brought up in Manchester. She studied at Trinity College, Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked for the British Civil Service in London and the European Commission in Brussels. She is currently reading for a doctorate in English Literature at the University of York. Rites is her first novel.

Sophie blogs at


Sophie Coulombeau Rites Q&A

Sophie Coulombeau interviewed about Rites by Rebecca Pedley, the Assistant Editor on Route’s Next Great Novelist award. 'Many people have written to me saying that the book has troubled them, disturbed them, made them feel compromised or involved, kept them awake at night questioning things they had never questioned before. That’s absolute music to my ears.'


Rites Reviews



Debut from Sophie Coulombeau, winner of the Next Great Novelist Award 2012.

‘Terrific. A story that’s intriguing, puzzling and entirely gripping.’ – Philip Pullman


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