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Rupert Thomson (born in Eastbourne, East Sussex on November 5th 1955) is an English author.
Following the sudden death of his mother, Rupert Thomson was educated as a boarder at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen, he was awarded a scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied Medieval History and Political Thought. He worked as a copywriter in London from 1978 to 1982, before abandoning his job to write full-time.
Once described by the critic James Wood as "one of the strangest and most refreshingly un-English voices in contemporary fiction", and compared to writers as various as Franz Kafka, J. G. Ballard, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Charles Dickens, Elmore Leonard, and Mervyn Peake, he is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels. His fourth novel, The Insult, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was chosen by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time. More recently, Death of a Murderer was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year.
With his 2010 memoir, This Party's Got to Stop, he ventured into non-fiction for the first time, and explored events surrounding his father's death, and his complex relationship with his brothers and his extended family. This Party's Got to Stop won the Writers' Guild Non Fiction Book of the Year.
His new novel, Secrecy, which was published in March 2013, is based on the life and work of the eccentric Sicilian wax artist, Gaetano Giulio Zumbo.
Thomson has lived in many cities throughout the world, including New York, Sydney and Barcelona. He currently lives in South London.
- Dreams of Leaving, 1987
- The Five Gates of Hell, 1991
- Air and Fire, 1993
- The Insult, 1996
- Soft!, 1998
- The Book of Revelation, 1999
- Divided Kingdom, 2005
- Death of a Murderer, 2007
- Secrecy, 2013
- This Party's Got to Stop, 2010
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- Divided Kingdom - official site (includes biography)
- American writer James Hynes writes extensively on "The Dreamlife of Rupert Thomson" as manifested in Thomson's novels
- A Guardian transcript from a live chat with Thomson
- Maud Newton interviews Thomson about his writing processes and influences
- Vintage Books interviews Thomson about The Book of Revelation
- Podcast interview with Thomson on Kokkinos' The Book of Revelation film
- Video interview with Thomson and Kokkinos
- Rupert Thomson Interview in Three Monkeys Online magazine
- First chapter of This Party's Got to Stop excerpted at Granta