Glenn Patterson (born 1961 in Belfast) is a novelist.
He attended Methodist College Belfast. He graduated from the University of East Anglia (BA, MA) where he was a product of the UEA creative writing course under Malcolm Bradbury. In addition to his novels, he also makes documentaries for the BBC and has published his collected journalistic writings as Lapsed Protestant (2006).
Patterson's recurring theme is the reassessment of the past. In The International, he recovers that moment in Belfast's history just before the outbreak of the Troubles, to show diverse strands of city life around a city centre hotel, essentially to make the point that the political propagandists who explain their positions through history overlook its inconvenient complexity and the possibility that things might have turned out differently.
His novels are
- Burning Your Own (London: Chatto and Windus, 1988)
- Fat Lad (London: Chatto and Windus, 1992)
- Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (London: Chatto and Windus, 1995)
- The International (London: Anchor, 1999)
- Number 5 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2003)
- That Which Was (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2004)
- The Third Party (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2007)
- The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (London: Faber, 2012)
A collection of Patterson's journalistic writings were published by New Island Books in 2006 in Lapsed Protestant.