Tom Rob Smith
|Tom Rob Smith|
|Born||1979 (age 34–35)
Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer. The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was born and raised in London.
Smith 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. 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.
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, 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. The film rights have been optioned by Ridley Scott.
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. Smith's fourth book, a standalone novel entitled The Farm, was published in February 2014. Smith also wrote London Spy, which will first broadcast on BBC Two in 2015.
- Child 44 (2008). ISBN 978-1847371263
- The Secret Speech (2009). ISBN 978-1847371287
- Agent 6 (2011). ISBN 978-1847375674
- The Farm (2014). ISBN 978-1847375698
- "Tom Rob Smith's official biography".
- Peter Gurrtidge (2 March 2008). "In pursuit of a Russian Ripper: Tom Rob Smith tells how his tale of a Russian mass murderer sparked a furious bidding war". London: The Observer.
- "Tom Rob Smith Child 44 Foreign and Awards".
- Film News. "Ridley Scott Adopts Child 44". Time Out.
- "Agent 6 Synopsis".
- Midgley, Neil (8 April 2009). "Ben Stephenson Interview". London: The Telegraph.
- Official website
- "Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith", The Guardian, 12 April 2008.
- "The Sunday Times crime fiction selections", The Sunday Times, 25 May 2008.
- "Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith", The Independent.
- "When a Hunter Gets Captured by the Game", Newsweek, 2 May 2008.
- From soaps to Soviet murder mystery, PinkNews.co.uk, 25 March 2008.