Gerard Woodward

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Gerard Woodward (born 1961) is a British novelist, poet and short story writer, best known for his trilogy of novels concerning the troubled Jones family, the second of which, I'll Go to Bed at Noon, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man-Booker Prize.[1]


Woodward was born in North London and attended St Ignatius College, a Jesuit comprehensive school, leaving at 16 to work for two years in a variety of jobs before studying painting at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. He dropped out in his second year but later attended the London School of Economics, where he studied Social Anthropology, and Manchester University, where he studied for an MA in the same subject.

In 1989 he won a major Eric Gregory Award for poets under 30 and his first collection of poetry, Householder, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1991. His first novel, August, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. In 2011 he was writer in residence at Columbia College, Chicago. He has taught or been a writer in residence in many countries including China, Greece, Sweden, Slovenia and Ireland. He is currently Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University.


  • 1989 Eric Gregory Award
  • 1991 Somerset Maugham Award
  • 1991 J.L.Rhys Award
  • 1994 T.S.Eliot Prize (shortlisted)
  • 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award (shortlisted)
  • 2004 Man Booker Prize (shortlisted)
  • 2004 Encore Award (shortlisted)
  • 2005 Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature
  • 2011 Sunday Times Short Story Award (shortlisted)
  • 2014 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize
  • 2017 O.Henry Award
  • 2019 Honorary Doctorate Middlesex University



  • The Unwriter & Other Poems (1989)
  • Householder (1991), ISBN 0-7011-3758-4
  • After the Deafening (1994), ISBN 0-7011-6271-6
  • Island to Island (1999), ISBN 0-7011-6869-2
  • We Were Pedestrians (2005), ISBN 0-7011-7887-6
  • The Seacunny (2012)
  • The Vulture (2022)



  1. ^ Lyall, Sarah (20 October 2004). "Tale of Gay Life in Britain Wins a Top Literary Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2011.