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Rupert Thomson - Author

Born on the south coast of England in 1955, Rupert Thomson was educated at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen he won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Medieval History and Political Thought. In his twenties, he spent four years working as a copywriter in London, but in 1982 he moved to Italy where he started work on a novel. Dreams of Leaving was published in 1987, and was hailed in the Times as 'extraordinarily elegant, evocative and funny', while the New Statesman wrote: 'When someone writes as well as Thomson does, it makes you wonder why other people bother'. Since then, he has published six more highly acclaimed novels, two of which, Air and Fire and The Insult have been shortlisted for awards. Though his books consistently defy categorisation, the San Francisco Chronicle came closer than most when it described him as a ‘twisted British fabulist’. During the past twenty years he has lived in many cities, including London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Rome. He currently lives in Barcelona.

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If you like Rupert Thomson you might also like to read books by Glen Duncan, Jim Crace and Jonathan Grimwood.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Rupert Thomson

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson
Katherine Carlyle
Rupert Thomson
Written in the beautifully spare, lucid and cinematic prose that Thomson is known for, Katherine Carlyle uses the modern techniques of IVF and cryopreservation to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
This Party's Got to Stop by Rupert Thomson
This Party's Got to Stop
Rupert Thomson
Wonderfully dark, relentlessly slippery ... I read this entire memoir with my breath held Julie Myerson, The Observer. This Party's Got to Stop works Thomson's memories into a powerful mosaic that reveals the fragility of family life in graphic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2011
Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson
Death of a Murderer
Rupert Thomson
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "An exquisitely written ghost story - morally subtle, psychologically involving and exactly crafted."
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2008
Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson
Death of a Murderer
Rupert Thomson
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007. Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "An exquisitely written ghost story - morally subtle, psychologically involving and exactly crafted."
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2007
Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson
Divided Kingdom
Rupert Thomson
You’ll either love this or hate this! No one can dispute the fact that Thomson’s prose is lyrical and truly mesmerizing but unless you can understand and are prepared to believe a United Kingdom that is split into four countries...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2006

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