Lawrence Norfolk (born 1963) is a Britishnovelist known for historical works with complex plots and intricate detail. His novels also feature an unusually large vocabulary.
Though born in London, Norfolk lived in Iraq until 1967 and then in the West Country of England. He read English at King's College London and graduated in 1986. He worked briefly as a teacher and later as a freelance writer for reference-book publishers.
^Elias, Amy J. (2001). Sublime desire: history and post-1960s fiction. Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society. Baltimore: JHU Press. p. 158. ISBN978-0-8018-6733-0. Retrieved 2010-04-02. "More playful and self-reflexive [...], Norfolk's Lempriere's Dictionary investigates the eighteenth century as the seedbed of nineteenth-century capitalist economies and the will to power that inherently occupies them."