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Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (1997), has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays about the history of technology. His first book, I May Be Some Time, won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second, The Child That Books Built, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. His third, Backroom Boys, was called 'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.

Genres: Historical
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel winner (2016) : Golden Hill
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book winner (2017) : Golden Hill
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book nominee (2017) : Golden Hill
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2017) : Golden Hill

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