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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: Literary Fiction, 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
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2021) : Light Perpetual

Francis Spufford recommends
Exhibit Alexandra (2018)
Natasha Bell
"Beautifully insidious, a novel that outwits expectation at every turn."
Melmoth (2018)
Sarah Perry
"Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth."
All the Water in the World (2019)
Karen Raney
"An extraordinary achievement for a first novel: tender, heartfelt and heart-breaking."
The Absolute Book (2019)
Elizabeth Knox
"An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book."
Coming Up For Air (2020)
Sarah Leipciger
"An extraordinary, three-century braid of air and water: the way we float, the way we drown, the way we surface again against the odds."
Nightingale (2020)
Marina Kemp
"Secrets and lies, despair and rebirth as a patriarch dies in rural France. An exquisitely observed debut from a writer to watch."
Dust Up at the Crater School (2021)
(Crater School, book 2)
Chaz Brenchley
"A midnight feast of a book."
Dark Earth (2022)
Rebecca Stott
"An ancient tapestry of legend brilliantly rewoven: hope, courage, men's violence and women's magic in an age of ruins and new beginnings."
The Whalebone Theatre (2022)
Joanna Quinn
"The circus playfulness of the language, the old story of the great house dazzlingly refreshed, the kind heart and the witty eye, the deep understanding of a girl's need to be the hero of her own life--this is a book that will be loved unreasonably and life-long, I believe, like I Capture The Castle."

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