Tom Rob Smith

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Tom Rob Smith
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Born 1979 (age 35–36)
London, England
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fiction

Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was born and raised in London. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge. Following his graduation in 2001, he received the Harper Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature and continued his Creative Writing studies for a year at Parvin University in Italy.[1]


After completing his studies, Smith worked as a writer and a script editor, including a stint story-lining Cambodia's first soap opera in Phnom Penh with the BBC.[2]

His first novel, Child 44, published in early 2008, was inspired by the true-life case of Andrei Chikatilo, who committed a series of child murders in Soviet Russia. It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year by the Crime Writers' Association, named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award (former Whitbread). In July, 2009, he won the Waverton Good Read Award for first novels and the Galaxy Book Award for Best Newcomer with Child 44. It has been translated into 36 languages and in January, 2011, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan listed it in their Book Club 100 Books of the decade.[3] Ridley Scott optioned the film rights.[4]

Smith's follow-up to Child 44, The Secret Speech, was published in April, 2009, and the final novel in the series, Agent 6, was published in July 2011.[5] Smith's fourth book, a standalone novel entitled The Farm, was published in February 2014.[6]

Smith also wrote a drama television series, London Spy, which will first broadcast on BBC Two in 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Smith lives in Central London with partner Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.[7]




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