Hannah Cao

English poet, novelist
Based in Dresden, Germany

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︎IARA Press


Drafting      The Pham Girls

Drafting     I Hope I’m On My Way Somewhere

Soon           As Long As We’re Here     

2021            Cafe at 46 Old Street

2019            Seashore


Hannah Cao

English poet, novelist
Based in Dresden, Germany

Twitter ︎︎︎

IARA Press


2021        Cafe at 46 Old Street
2019        Seashore


My debut novel is out

If I stood on a rooftop where nobody would care about a screaming maniac, I would be doing just that: screaming like a maniac. However, I am not on a rooftop, and it is a freezing start to November and I still like to wear my skirts, so I’m not doing that.
I can’t believe my debut novel is here. For everyone in the whole wide world to purchase and read.
What in the world?

Cafe At 46 Old Street is the first novel that I am brave enough to share with the readers who know me, and readers who don’t, readers who will find themselves in the characters, and others who won’t.
I am terrified. But honoured, and grateful, and excited, all the same. I also know constructive criticism will push me to do better, and a writer’s journey is never stagnant. It can only go up. I truly believe that.
To say I’m nervous about the reception of it is an understatement. But since it’s my very first novel, I won’t be too harsh on myself. I will give myself space and time to improve.

Cafe at 46 Old Street is a contemporary novel based in London’s Soho about an exuberant cafe owner, a newbie in town, a strictly sober bartender and a shy baker trying to find their place in the world, and in their own lives. The book is about chosen family, expectations and failure, and finding freedom in your growth. I call it a comfort read, which I find is fitting for the time of fall, and the month of November.

What I would love for my readers to take from the book is:
Your dream doesn’t have to be something grand. You can find home in more places than you think. The right way to live is to live for yourself, and with open arms. May little things become the big things, may even the rainy days become a source for solace.

Thank you

from the bottom of my heart. I did not expect so many people to be congratulating me and purchasing my book. I did not expect for people to be so excited about my book, and to look forward to it. I can’t express how grateful I am, to feel so seen and to be believed in. Thank you for giving my work a chance and supporting me in all the ways you found.

I hope you enjoy the read, and the journey, and I hope you find comfort.
May love fall and ends begin for you.
May little things become the big things,
May rainy days become home.