I'm Andrew Ladd

I wrote a novel called What Ends. Lots of people with important opinions said it was good. (I liked it too.)

I also write shorter things.

During the day I help build websites. (I built this one by myself.)

Before that, I did a lot of work selling tickets, and making people want to buy more tickets.

I grew up in Edinburgh, but now I live in London. There's an Asda downstairs.

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What Ends

  • Winner, AWP 2012 Prize for the Novel
  • Shortlist, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award 2015

Set on a remote Scottish island, this is the compelling story of one family's struggle to cope with a vanishing way of life.

An impressive family saga… Beautifully handled.★★★★ Sunday Telegraph

A touching and precise examination of the family dynamic.★★★★ The Skinny

Ladd draws the reader into their outwardly small lives to show layer after layer of complexity... a heady read.Daily Mail

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Other writing

I wrote my first zine when I was ten, and never looked back. Over the years I've worked as an editor, a university writing teacher, a writing tutor, a technical writer, and a freelance journalist.

In my current day job, I also write proposals, marketing copy, and website copy.

Here's some of my published work.

Short stories

Essays and articles

Building websites

I work at Ten4 Design, a digital agency, where I help build websites for brilliant cultural institutions like Durham Cathedral, Saffron Hall, and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

I research what a website needs to do, plan what content it needs to have, and work out how users will find their way around. I also project manage the design and build process from start to finish.

I don't do any development at Ten4, but I did build this website myself using Gatsby.

Ticketing and arts marketing

I worked at the Edinburgh Fringe for 13 years.

Since then, I've also worked on West End shows, other summer and winter festivals in London and Edinburgh, and even at a puppet theatre in Boston.

I often present at industry conferences. You might have seen me recently at: