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Christopher Hope

South Africa (b.1944)

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1944 and moved to London in 1975. He is the author of twelve novels including Kruger's Alp, winner of the Whitbread Novel Award, and the Booker short-listed Serenity House. Hope's non-fiction includes a highly praised volume of autobiography, White Boy Running (1988) and a travel book, Moscow! Moscow! (1990), which won a PEN Award.

Genres: General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
   New Writing: Vol 5 (1996) (with Peter Porter)
Non fiction
Whitbread Prize Best Novel winner (1984) : Kruger's Alp
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1992) : Serenity House

Christopher Hope recommends
Oranges from Spain (1999)
David Park
"David Park writes beautifully about growing up in Belfast-of childhoods under God and the gun.Somehow,against all the odds,his stories are gentle,vivid,life affirming."
The Cellist of Sarajevo (2008)
Steven Galloway
"For anyone who saw the Balkan wars close up, The Cellist of Sarajevo rings absolutely true. For anyone who didn't, it will be a revelation."
The Texture of Shadows (2014)
Mandla Langa
"The Texture of Shadows is an astonishingly brave book. It strips the South African freedom struggle of the usual sentimental pieties and pares it down to bare essentials: love, lies and lost illusions."

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