Adam Thorpe

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Adam Thorpe
Born (1956-12-05) 5 December 1956 (age 58)
Paris, France
Occupation novelist, poet, playwright
Nationality British
Period 1988–present

Adam Thorpe (born 5 December 1956, Paris, France) is a British poet, novelist and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramas.


Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India, Cameroon and England. Graduating from Oxford's Magdalen College in 1979, he founded a touring theatre company, then settled in London to teach drama and English literature.

His writing in various genres has garnered recognition throughout his career. His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic (1988), was shortlisted that year for the Whitbread Poetry Award. His first novel, Ulverton (1992), an episodic work covering 350 years of English rural history, won great critical acclaim worldwide,[1] including that of the novelist John Fowles, who reviewed it in The Guardian and praised it:

"...the most interesting first novel I have read these last years".[2]

The novel was awarded the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for 1992. Thorpe lives in France with his wife and three children. His most recent work, Hodd, is a novelisation of the story of Robin Hood: among the source material which Thorpe used for this book, he studied medieval pipe rolls.



  • Mornings in the Baltic (1988)
  • Meeting Montaigne (1990)
  • From the Neanderthal (1999)
  • Nine Lessons From the Dark (2003)
  • Bird with a Broken Wing (2007)


  • Ulverton (1992)
  • Still (1995)
  • Pieces of Light (1998)
  • Nineteen Twenty-One (2001)
  • No Telling (2003)
  • The Rules of Perspective (2005)
  • Between Each Breath (2007)
  • The Standing Pool (2008)
  • Hodd (2009)
  • Flight (2012)
  • On Silbury Hill (2014)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Shifts (2000)
  • Is This the Way You Said? (2006)
  • Tyres (2000)


  • The Fen Story (1991)
  • Offa's Daughter (1993)
  • Couch Grass and Ribbon (1996)
  • An Envied Place (2002)

Prizes and awards[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ David Robson, Saved by Art, The Daily Telegraph, June 12, 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2008.
  2. ^ John Fowles, "Thank the Gods for Bloody Mindedness" (review of Ulverton), The Guardian, May 28, 1992, p. 25.
  3. ^ "Booker rivals clash again on Walter Scott prize shortlist", The Guardian, 2 Apr 2010

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