Justin Hill

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Justin Hill (born 1971) is an English novelist


Hill was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971, he grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at the historic St Peter's School, York; and at St Cuthbert's College, Durham University. All three of his novels have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

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.

The British Council describes Hill as 'a novelist and travel writer with a growing international reputation, whose writing has been mostly associated with the people, culture and history of China.'.[1] It also said that Hill 'has already shown his mastery of the historical novel. He is able to re-create ancient eras beautifully, and fully engage our sympathies for the lives and loves of his characters.'[2]

His first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, is a commentary on contemporary China.

Passing Under Heaven, reimagines the life of female poet Yu Xuanji.

Ciao Asmara recounts the history and present of Eritrea.

Shieldwall is the first in the Conquest Trilogy of books, which chronicles the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings, in 1066.

In summer 2014 Hill was commissioned to write the novelisation of the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend. It will be published in August 2015 by Weinstein Books.[3]

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.

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  1. ^ British (March 2, 2015). "British Council". British Council. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ British (March 2, 2015). "British Council". British Council. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Weinstein Books (March 2, 2015). "Weinstein Books". WeinsteinBooks.com. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 

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