Adam Mars-Jones

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Jones at a 2012 book reading

Adam Mars-Jones (born 26 October 1954) is a British novelist, critic.

Early life and education[edit]

Mars-Jones was born in London, to parents William Mars-Jones, the Welsh High Court judge and President of the London Welsh Trust, and Sheila (née Cobon).[1][2] Mars-Jones studied at Westminster School, and read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


Mars-Jones is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, and BBC Television's Newsnight Review, and the London Review of Books.

His first collection of stories, Lantern Lecture (1981), won a Somerset Maugham Award. Other works include Monopolies of Loss (1992) and The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis (1987), which was co-written with Edmund White. His first novel, The Waters of Thirst, was published in 1993. Blind Bitter Happiness (1997), a collection of essays, includes 'Venus Envy', which was originally published in the CounterBlasts series in 1990. Pilcrow (2008) was his second novel, followed by Cedilla in 2011. These two works form the first two parts of a projected trilogy.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.[3]

In 2011 he wrote a book called "Noriko Smiling" on the film Late Spring directed by Yasujiro Ozu.[4][5]

In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Hatchet Job of the Year Award for his review of Michael Cunningham's By Nightfall.[6]

University Challenge[edit]

On 2 January 2015 Mars-Jones was captain of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Trinity Hall, Cambridge who defeated Balliol College, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hull His teammates were international rower Tom James, world champion cyclist Emma Pooley and actor Dan Starkey.[7]


Date Title
2011 Noriko Smiling[4]


  1. ^ Morton, James (25 January 1999). "Obituary Sir William Mars-Jones". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Our Former Presidents: London Welsh Centre". London Welsh Centre website. London Welsh Centre. 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Mars-Jones, Adam. Noriko Smiling. Notting Hill Editions. 
  5. ^ Cozy, David (25 March 2012). "An unserious look at the work of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu". Japan Times. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
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  7. ^ "University Challenge Victory". Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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