Nick Harkaway

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Nick Harkaway
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Born Nicholas Cornwell
Cornwall, England
Occupation Novelist and commentator
Genre Fantasy
Notable works The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World

Nick Harkaway (born 1972) is a novelist and commentator. He is the author of the novels The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker and Tigerman; and a non-fiction study of the digital world, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World.


Harkaway was born Nicholas Cornwell in Cornwall, England. He is the son of author John le Carré.[1]

Harkaway was educated at the independent University College School in North London,[2] and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied philosophy, sociology and politics and took up Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu. He worked in the film industry before becoming an author.[3]


The Gone-Away World[edit]

The Gone-Away World is Harkaway's first novel. Originally titled, The Wages of Gonzo Lubitsch,[3] it concerns a number of ex-special forces operatives turned truckers who are hired to perform a dangerous mission in a post-apocalyptic world.[1]


Angelmaker, Harkaway's second novel, was published in 2012. It follows several characters in their adventures around a clockwork device of great power. Based largely in the United Kingdom, the action takes place around the current day, with discursions to World War II and the years following.


Tigerman, Harkaway's third novel, was published in 2014.


The Blind Giant (2012), Harkaway's first work of non-fiction, dealt with the effect of digital change on society and what it means to be human. It was published in May 2012.

Views on Google Book settlement[edit]

Harkaway has been an outspoken critic of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement, posting on his blog,[4] speaking out on BBC Radio’s The World at One in May 2009, and appearing on a television debate with Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Tom Watson MP in September 2009.


  1. ^ a b Jones, Philip (April 15, 2011). "John Murray picks up Harkaway on digital". The Bookseller. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "I blame the schools". Futurebook. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Nick Harkaway | Conville and Walsh Literary Agents". Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Google Crunch Time". Nick Harkaway. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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