Rick Gekoski – described by Tatler as “think Bill Bryson, only on books” – is a writer, broadcaster, and rare book dealer. An American who came to England in 1966, he took a D.Phil. in English at Oxford. From 1971-1987 he was a member of the English Department of the University of Warwick. He has published a critical book on Joseph Conrad, The Bibliography of William Golding, Staying Up (a book on Premiership Football), and a collection of essays entitled Tolkien’s Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books, based on his BBC Radio 4 Series Rare Books, Rare People. A second series entitled Lost, Stolen, or Shredded: The History of Some Missing Works of Art was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He has founded two private presses, The Sixth Chamber Press and The Bridgewater Press, which issue finely printed editions of leading contemporary novelists and poets. In 2005 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. Rick has appeared at the Hay Literary Festival, Melbourne Literary Festival, Wellington International Arts Festival (NZ), and given talks to a wide variety of literary societies (The Grolier Club, Joseph Conrad Society, Oscar Wilde Society, etc), schools and universities (Westminster, Texas, Vassar, Emory, etc.). His latest works include Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir (2009), and his debut fiction novel Darke (2017). Darke was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize. His new novel, A Long Island Story, will be published by Canongate in June 2019.
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