Rupert Thomson was born in Eastbourne and 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. His first novel, Dreams of Leaving, was published in 1987. “When someone writes as well as Thomson does,” the New Statesman said, “it makes you wonder why other people bother.” Since then, he has written eight critically acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and chosen by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time, Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize, and The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos. In 2010, he published a memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, which Jackie Kay called “a riot, and heartbreakingly sad”, and which went on to win the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. His novel, Secrecy, was inspired by the life and work of the eccentric Sicilian wax artist, Gaetano Giulio Zumbo. Thomson’s novel, Katherine Carlyle, was published in 2016 and his latest novel, Never Anyone But You, was published on 5th June 2018, both by Corsair. He has contributed to the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Independent, and has lived in many places around the world, including New York, Athens, Sydney, Rome, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. He recently moved back to London, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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