Jim Crace at the 2009 Texas Book Festival.
1 March 1946 |
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
|Genres||Realistic fiction, historical fiction|
|Notable work(s)||Continent, Quarantine, Being Dead, Harvest|
James "Jim" Crace (born 1 March 1946) is a contemporary English writer who has won a number of awards. He currently lives in the Moseley area of Birmingham with his wife. They have two children, Thomas Charles Crace (born 1981) and the actress Lauren Rose Crace, who played Danielle Jones in EastEnders.
Crace was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and grew up with his siblings, Richard, Cyril, and Graham in Forty Hill, an area at the far northern point of Greater London, close to Enfield, where Crace attended Enfield Grammar School. He studied for a degree at the Birmingham College of Commerce (now part of Birmingham City University), where he was enrolled as an external student of the University of London. After securing a BA (Hons) in English Literature in 1968, he travelled overseas with the UK organization Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), working in Sudan. Two years later he returned to the UK, and worked with the BBC, writing educational programmes. From 1976 to 1987 he worked as a freelance journalist, before giving up due to the excessive "political interference" he experienced at newspapers such as The Sunday Times.
- Helter Skelter, Hang Sorrow, Care’ll Kill a Cat, The New Review (December, 1975). Reprinted in Cosmopolitan and included in Introduction 6: Stories by new writers, Faber and Faber (1977).
- Refugees, winner of the Socialist Challenge short story competition (judges: John Fowles, Fay Weldon, Terry Eagleton), Socialist Challenge (1977).
- Seven Ages, Quarto (June, 1980), broadcast as Middling by BBC Radio 3.
- The Bird Has Flown, radio play, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 28 October 1976.
- A Coat of Many Colours, radio play, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 26 March 1979.
In 1986 Crace published Continent, which won the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction prize. His most recent novel, Harvest, was published in the UK in February 2013, and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Crace won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999.
- Continent (seven stories) (1986)
- The Gift of Stones (1988)
- Arcadia (1992)
- Signals of Distress (1994)
- The Slow Digestions of the Night (short stories) (1995)
- Quarantine (1997)
- Being Dead (1999)
- The Devil's Larder (64 short pieces) (2001)
- Six (2003) (published in the US as Genesis)
- The Pesthouse (2007)
- On Heat (2008)
- All That Follows (2010)
- Harvest (2013)
- 1997 Quarantine (shortlist)
- 2013 Harvest (shortlist)
- 1999 Being Dead (shortlist)
- 1999 Being Dead
- 1999 Being Dead (Novel - shortlist)
- 1997 Quarantine (Novel)
- 1986 Continent (First Novel)
- 1995 Signals of Distress
- 1992 E. M. Forster Award
- 1989 The Gift of Stones
- 1986 Continent
- 1986 Continent
- Peck, Dale. "The Devil You Know." Rev. of The Devil's Larder by Jim Crace. Hatchet Jobs. New York: New, 2004. 133-49.
- Tew, Philip. Jim Crace. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2006.
- Paris Review, 'Jim Crace, The Art of Fiction No. 179': "I had a falling out with the Sunday Times over what I took to be political interference. My report on the Broadwater Farm Estate, a mainly black housing project in Tottenham, North London, didn’t match the editor’s prejudices that it was a 'hellhole'.” http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/122/the-art-of-fiction-no-179-jim-crace
- TehelkaTV interview with Jim Crace - The unimportance of literature, and Jim's experience of journalism, January 2011
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Jim Crace|
- Adam Begley (Fall 2003). "Jim Crace, The Art of Fiction No. 179". Paris Review.
- Jim-Crace.com - Original source for biography. Permission granted by Andrew Hewitt, webmaster
- contemporarywriters.com - Writer profile.
- The Poet of Prose - Jim Crace in interview with Three Monkeys Online
- Jim Crace's Writer's Reflect at the Harry Ransom Center
- Works by Jim Crace on Open Library at the Internet Archive