Grace McCleen (born 1981) is a British novelist. She was raised in a fundamentalist religion and for most of her life did not have much contact with unbelievers. She was granted an unconditional offer to study English Literature at Oxford University. She graduated with a double First then completed an M.A. by Research at York University, for which she was awarded Distinction.She intended to be an academic. When she was twenty-six she began writing three novels: The Land of Decoration, published in 2012, The Professor of Poetry, published in 2013 and The Offering, to be published in 2016. She finished a fifth novel in April 2013.The Land of Decoration won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2012 and the Betty Trask Award in 2013. It was chosen along with three American novels by The Sunday Times Literary Editor as one of the four most promising debuts of 2012. It became one of Waterstones’ 11, an Oprah favourite, has so far been translated into nineteen languages and was selected by the Richard and Judy book club. It has been optioned by Life of Pi producer Gil Netter to be adapted by Kelly Marcel.McCleen has reviewed for The Times Literary Supplement. She has written songs and worked in multimedia. She has written children’s stories that she has illustrated photographically.