Claire Prentice is the author of The Lost Tribe of Coney Island; and Miracle at Coney Island. She is currently writing her third book, Curse of Riches.
She researched and hosted the radio documentary Life Under Glass, about Martin Couney, “the incubator doctor,” who saved the lives of thousands of premature babies in his seaside sideshow. It was broadcast on The BBC World Service and Radio 4, NPR, and ABC in Australia.
Her podcast, Operation Ice Pick, tells the story of Dr. Walter Freeman, America’s most prolific lobotomist.
In 2020 she is making a radio documentary for the BBC about the origins and global history of lobotomy.
Prentice has contributed to The Times, The Washington Post, The Smithsonian Magazine, HuffPost, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan, among other publications.
Her fellowships and awards include residencies at La Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes (France), Virginia Humanities (Charlottesville, VA), Krakow UNESCO City of Literature International Residency (Poland), and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing (France). She is from Scotland.