Alderman's prose debut was the 2006 novel Disobedience, a story about a rabbi's daughter who comes out as a lesbian. That successful work was followed by another novel, The Lessons, in 2010.
Apart from novels, Alderman is known for writing a regular column on technology for the Guardian.
A longtime Doctor Who fan, Alderman has cited Peter Davison as her childhood favourite Doctor. One of her favourite stories is The Masque of Mandragora. A reference to the Mandragora Helix appears in Borrowed Time.