Christopher Rush (writer)

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Christopher Rush (born 23 November 1944) is a Scottish writer, born in St Monans and for thirty years a teacher of literature in Edinburgh. His books include A Twelvemonth and a Day (chosen by The List magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 best Scottish books of all time)[1] and the highly acclaimed To Travel Hopefully.

A Twelvemonth and a Day served as inspiration for the film Venus Peter, released in 1989. The story was also reworked by Rush in a simplified version in 1992 as a children's picture book, Venus Peter Saves the Whale, illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick, which won the Friends of the Earth 1993 Earthworm Award for the book published that year that would most help children to enjoy and care for the Earth.

His 2007 book Will recounts the life of William Shakespeare in the first person, and has been optioned for a movie by Ben Kingsley. It was published by Beautiful Books Limited (UK). Rush also wrote a memoir of Shakespeare called Sex, Lies and Shakespeare, published by Beautiful Books Limited in 2009 (UK).

Rush now lives near his childhood home.


  • Resurrection of a Kind (1984)
  • A Twelvemonth and a Day (1985)
  • Peace Comes Dropping Slow (1989)
  • Into the Ebb (1989)
  • Venus Peter Saves the Whale (1992)
  • Last Lesson of the Afternoon (1994)
  • To Travel Hopefully (2006)
  • Hellfire and Herring (Hardback & Paperback) (2006)
  • Will (Beautiful Books Limited) (2007)
  • Sex, Lies and Shakespeare (Beautiful Books Limited) (2009)

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