Justin Hill is an English novelist whose novels have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize three times. Born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971, he grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at the historic St Peter's School, York.
Hill was a member of St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University, where he studied English Language and Medieval Literature. After leaving university in 1992, he worked with the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) for seven years in rural China and Eritrea.
Shieldwall is the first in the Conquest Trilogy of books, which chronicles the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings, in 1066.
His work has been translated into 14 languages, and banned in China. He reviews regularly for The Times Literary Supplement and the South China Morning Post. In October . He teaches Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong.
Awards and honors
- Independent on Sunday Top 20 Young British Writers, 2001
- Washington Post Notable Book, 2001
- Betty Trask Award 2002
- Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, 2003
- Thomas Cook Travel Book Award shortlist, 2003
- Somerset Maugham Award, 2005
- Encore Award shortlist, 2005
- Xiaoxiang Friendship Award from the Governor of Hunan Province, 2005
- A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2012
- A Bend in the Yellow River (1997, ISBN 978-0-7538-0114-7)
- The Drink and Dream Teahouse (2001, ISBN 978-0-7538-1320-1)
- Ciao Asmara (2002, ISBN 978-0-349-11526-9)
- Passing Under Heaven (2004, ISBN 978-0-349-11739-3)
- Shieldwall (2011, ISBN 978-1-4087-0278-9)
- Bibliofemme Interview
- Independent On Sunday Feature
- The Globalist Feature
- Reading Notes for The Drink and Dream Teahouse
- Author's Statement On Writing
- Podcast of Justin Hill discussing “Yu Xuanji and the Tang Dynasty” at the Shanghai International Literary Festival