Hermione grew up in south London, and graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007 with a double first in English Literature. After working on the Observer’s New Review she moved to New York in 2010. She writes regularly for the New York Times Book review, and her criticism and essays have also appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere.
Her debut novel, 2018’s Neon in Daylight, is published by Catapult in the United States and Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the United Kingdom, and was a two-time New York Times editors’ choice. Her second novel, 2021’s Virtue, is published by Riverhead Books and was shortlisted for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award
She’s taught in the creative writing department at Columbia University, and at the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. For several years she was a mentor with Girls Write Now, a non-profit organization serves at-risk girls from New York City public high schools. She’s represented by Marya Spence at Janklow & Nesbit and lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband Benjamin Kunkel.